As the oldest literary magazine in the nation, our selected works reflect the breadth of the American experience, and encompass any voices that are committed to telling rich narratives that challenge the status quo.

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Contests

James Hearst Poetry Prize:
Winner Announced

Congratulations to poet Alan Elyshevitz, whose poem, "Bread," was selected by judge Dana Levin from among over  1,200 enties. The poem can be read in our Spring, 2019 issue, and will soon be available in a signed, letterpress broadside, produced in an edition of 30 by Caveworks Press and Studios.

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Gas Station Pulp

Editor Grant Tracey discusses NAR's literary crime novel series

A red car points west. Darkness, plush pine trees and a lemon slice of moon backlight it. A gas pump nudges the car’s rear bumper.

 

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Exorcising History

How an unknown Allen Ginsberg poem
found its way into NAR's pages

“Recently I’ve been thinking that I should pass it on,” she wrote to us, “but to whom? Would you have any suggestions?” ​

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Honoring the Past and Thinking for the Future

"We are starting with authentic reflection on who the North American Review is at its core by considering each part of the past, present and future"

Art Director Sarah Pauls discusses what's old, what's new, and what's changing.

 

Editor Rachel Morgan
Reviews

"...while poetry often traffics in memory, or rather re-memory, poets might balk at the wistful part of nostalgia’s definition."

NAR poetry editor Rachel Morgan reviews Flyover Country by Austin Smith, The Kindness of Crocodiles by Ann Struthers, and Rewriting the Body by Wyatt Townley. This piece appears in the Synecdoche column of our Winter 2019 issue.