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James Hearst Poetry Prize:
Congratulations to poet Alan Elyshevitz, whose poem, "Bread," was selected by judge Dana Levin from among over 1,200 entries. 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.
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.
We publish all
forms of creativity.
We like stories that start quickly
and have a strong narrative.
We appreciate when an essay
moves beyond the personal to
tell us something new about
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?”
"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.
"...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.