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An Interview with Holly Goddard Jones, Author of “Antipodes” (Spring 2021)

Apr, 23 2021 | no responses

By Colorado Review editorial assistant Heather Gutekunst  Fiction writer Holly Goddard Jones is a professor of English at UNCG and teaches fiction writing and creative nonfiction workshops. Her work has appeared in the Southern Review and Appalachian Heritage, and she is the author of the short story collection Girl Trouble (2009) and the novels The […]

An Interview with Molly Rogers, Author of “House of Secrets” (Spring 2021)

Apr, 09 2021 | no responses

Molly Rogers writes on the history and theory of photography. She is the author of Delia’s Tears (Yale, 2010) and co-editor of To Make Their Own Way in the World (Aperture, 2020). She is associate director of the NYU Center for the Humanities and lives in Queens, New York. On February 17, 2021, Colorado Review […]

Storms & Violence in David Franke’s “Monsters”

Apr, 02 2021 | no responses

By Colorado Review editorial assistant Michael Todd “Good storms can break down a barn, pull planes out of the air, drive straw through a tree trunk. There is nothing so massive as a storm gathering over the plains.” Where I’m from in Southwest Virginia—not plains, but hills and mountains in hazy watercolor aquas and occasional […]

April 2021 Podcast: In Conversation with Kate Bolton Bonnici

Apr, 01 2021 | no responses

We are back just in time for National Poetry Month! New podcast hosts C Culbertson (they/them) and Lilia Shrayfer (she/her) sit down with Kate Bolton Bonnici, whose debut collection of poems Night Burial won the 2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry. This inaugural episode features talks about what the lineage of classical poetry and scholarship can teach folks […]

“The Intersection of the Self and the World”: An Interview with Caitlin Ferguson

Mar, 12 2021 | no responses

Caitlin Ferguson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. Her work has appeared in Tar River Poetry Review, Twickingham Notes, Cathexis NW Press, and Colorado Review, among others. Currently, she lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she works in a bookstore and is an adjunct professor. On February 24th, Colorado Review editorial […]

An Interview with Jennifer Genest, Author of “The Mills” (Summer 2020)

Feb, 12 2021 | no responses

Jennifer Genest grew up riding horses and playing in the woods of Sanford, a mill town in southern Maine. She now lives near Los Angeles. Her fiction has appeared in New Delta Review, Post Road Magazine, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere. Her essay “The Mills” was published in the summer issue of Colorado Review. Associate editor […]

Walking Poetry: An Interview with Poet Lucien Darjeun Meadows

Feb, 05 2021 | no responses

Lucien Darjeun Meadows is a writer of English, German, and Cherokee ancestry from the Appalachian Mountains. An AWP Intro Journals Project winner, Lucien has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, American Alliance of Museums, National Association for Interpretation, and University of Denver, where he is pursuing his PhD. C.E. Janecek: You’ve written multiple […]

An Interview with Josie Sigler Sibara, Winner of the 2020 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, on “The German Woman”

Dec, 09 2020 | no responses

Josie Sigler Sibara has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. The draft of her first novel won the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Her most recent fiction appears in Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, and the Master’s Review. Colorado Review associate editor Esther Hayes reached out to Sibara to […]

An Interview with Michelle Ross, author of “A Mouth Is a House for Teeth” (Fall/Winter 2018)

Dec, 04 2020 | no responses

Michelle Ross is the author of the story collections There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, winner of the 2016 Moon City Short Fiction Award, and Shapeshifting, winner of the 2020 Stillhouse Press Short Fiction Award (and forthcoming in 2021). Her fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Electric Literature, Okay Donkey, The […]

November 2020 Podcast: Fall/Winter 2020 Feature

Nov, 30 2020 | no responses

Podcast editor Daniel Schonning gives a glimpse of Josie Sigler Sibara’s “The German Woman,” selected by Lori Ostlund as winner of the 2020 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, featured in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of Colorado Review. Listen here!

An Interview with Kevin Phan, author of Mountain/West Poetry Series Book Dears, Beloveds

Nov, 13 2020 | no responses

Kevin Phan lives in Colorado. He attended the University of Iowa (BA) and the University of Michigan (MFA). His poetry has previously appeared in Best New Poets, Gulf Coast, the Cincinnati Review, the Georgia Review, and many other fine journals. For a living, he works with the earth. Photography, mountain biking, backpacking, cooking, and organic […]

An Interview with Kate Bolton Bonnici, 2020 Winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry

Nov, 06 2020 | no responses

Kate Bolton Bonnici grew up in rural Alabama and holds degrees from Harvard, NYU Law, UC Riverside, and UCLA. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, the Southern Humanities Review, Image, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She teaches early modern English literature and creative writing at UCLA. Bonnici’s collection Night Burial is […]

Peril and Protection in Haley Crigger’s “Not in Any Trouble”

Oct, 23 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review associate editor Hannah Barnhart As an associate editor at Colorado Review, I am always delighted to come across a story about adolescence, girlhood, sexual violence, and female friendship that is as astute and provocative as Haley Crigger’s “Not in Any Trouble,” from the upcoming Fall 2020 issue. Set in rural Kentucky, Crigger’s […]

October 2020 Podcast: Summer 2020 Feature

Oct, 20 2020 | no responses

After a long hiatus, podcast host Daniel Schonning takes a quick look at Matthew Gellman’s “My Family Asks Me to Speak,” featured in the Summer 2020 issue of Colorado Review.  Click here to listen!

Human and Hungry: An Exploration of Maggie Queeney’s “What Kind of Animal You Would Be If You Could Be Any Animal” and Isaac Williams’s “Geospatial”

Sep, 11 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Social Media Manager and Associate Editor Jordan Osborne Often, when looking through an issue of an unthemed journal, I’m surprised at the connections and synchronicities at work across the pages, especially when it seems that two pieces are inhabiting the same or similar emotional landscapes. In the Summer 2020 issue of Colorado […]

An Interview with Colorado Review’s Prose Book Review Editor, Susan Donnelly Cheever

Jun, 17 2020 | one response

Susan Donnelly Cheever is a writing teacher and tutor. She currently teaches at Beacon Academy, a small independent school working to close the educational achievement gap in Boston, and she runs her own online tutoring business, Writing Lighthouse. In addition to teaching, she has also worked as a writing workshop facilitator for Writers without Margins, a nonprofit […]

Colorado Review’s Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter

Jun, 10 2020 | no responses

We write to you, along with so many others, from a place of mourning and anger, to say loudly and clearly that Black lives matter. In a matter of weeks, we’ve seen the murder of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Tony McDade at the hands of an unjust system. As Claudia Rankine writes, […]

The Value of a Poem

May, 15 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Jack Berning For many of us, we find ourselves in a time and space of great solitude. We are distanced from those people and things we love, those people and things we do not love, and everything in between. We are reminded, perhaps, that when all else has left, the self does […]

“Feeling Both Humbled and Human”: An Interview with Renée Thorne

May, 08 2020 | no responses

Renée Thorne is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Parabola, Still Point Arts Quarterly, and Bluestockings, among others. Her first book, Eurydice, Alive, will be published next year with art&fiction. After reading her essay “Excavations” for the spring 2020 issue of Colorado Review, assistant managing editor Jonnie Genova reached out to Thorne to […]

Graduation in the Time of Quarantine

Apr, 27 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Michelle LaCrosse Next week, I’ll put a shushing note on my door, on the off-chance my roommate comes home early from her nursing job, and then lock myself in my bedroom with my notes and a copy of my master’s thesis to “attend” my defense—remotely. I’ll examine the tiny, digital faces […]

Why a Social Media Cynic Loves Posting as Colorado Review

Apr, 22 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Social Media Manager and Associate Editor Margaret Browne With the emergence of the Instagram poet, the rise of literary Twitter, and intensifying pressure to successfully brand one’s self as a writer and network online, the use of social media to an emerging writer is increasingly necessary and increasingly fraught—especially if you, like me, […]

Stop Asking Artists to Be Pandemic Productive

Apr, 03 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Esther Hayes In the last few weeks, I have seen many posts online saying things like “Imagine all the great music and films and books that will come out of this quarantine!” And while I certainly understand that impulse—it is an impulse to shine a light of positivity through the very […]

Keeping It Together While We Have to Stay Apart

Mar, 26 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Evan Senie At four o’clock in the morning I finally left my bed, worried that my tossing and turning was keeping my girlfriend up. I took a blanket and my computer, went downstairs, and sat on the couch. I opened my laptop and pulled up the tab I’ve had open […]

Complicating the Grief Narrative in Colorado Review Contributor Alyssa Northrop’s “Anatomy”

Mar, 03 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Elena Brousard-Norcross In Alyssa Northrop’s short story “Anatomy” we first meet a cadaver named Aberforth in a chilly medical school room. Don’t judge me if I tell you that’s what first caught my attention. What made me keep reading, though, was the voice of the protagonist, Claire. Her voice is honest, […]

February 2020 Podcast: Editing Book Reviews

Feb, 29 2020 | no responses

In the February episode of the Colorado Review podcast, host Daniel Schonning interviews poetry book review editor Dan Beachy-Quick. They touch on the ethics, methods, and merits of writing a book review. Click here to listen in your browser, or click here to listen using Apple Podcasts.

Celebrating Franco Paz’s “Taking a Break”

Feb, 27 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Susannah Lodge-Rigal One of the joys of interning at Colorado Review is growing familiar with the poems and prose that fill the pages of the magazine—reveling at extraordinary writing as it’s attended to at every stage of the publishing process. It’s a lucky thing to hold a new, vibrantly covered issue—for […]

“She acknowledges the circle. / There is no obvious beginning”: An Interview with Jami Macarty

Feb, 20 2020 | no responses

Jami Macarty is the author of three chapbooks of poetry—including Mind of Spring, winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award—and is the recipient of grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council. She lives between Tuscon, Arizona, and Vancouver, British Columbia, where she teaches creative writing at Simon Fraser University. […]

An Interview with Colorado Review Contributor Jehanne Dubrow, Author of “Portrait on Metal with Patterned Scarf and Streak of Light”

Feb, 17 2020 | no responses

Editorial assistant Lucia Sabo recently reached out to Colorado Review contributor Jehanne Dubrow. Here is the interview that followed. Lucia Sabo: Your essay “Portrait on Metal with Patterned Scarf and Streak of Light” was featured in the fall 2019 issue of CR. It is clear from the essay that your writing has been informed by […]

When to Write and When Not to Write

Feb, 06 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Hannah Barnhart Writers are hardly ever just writers; we are almost always something else, too. We are parents, teachers, students, editors, servers, bartenders. We are artists, but we might also be athletes, musicians, travelers, fanatics, aficionados. Whatever other occupation or hobby you might have as a writer, your life lends itself to […]

January 2020 Podcast: Micro-Interviews with CLP Staff

Jan, 30 2020 | no responses

In this month’s episode, podcast hosts Daniel Schonning and Evan Senie sit down with associate editors Susannah Lodge-Rigal, Esther Hayes, and managing editor Jess Turner to talk all things CLP, Colorado Review, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Nelligan Prize.

Some Thoughts on “The Literary”

Jan, 30 2020 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Mike Moening I should begin this blog post with a simple disclaimer: I don’t come from a particularly literary background. Sure, I have a bachelor’s in English, but I wasn’t reading Faulkner or Nabokov as a child like some of my peers were. This is the only thing I’ll say that touches […]

December 2019 Podcast: Fall/Winter 2019 Features

Dec, 19 2019 | no responses

In our December episode, podcast hosts Evan Senie and Daniel Schonning are joined by assistant editor Mike Moening to explore the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Colorado Review. Join them as they read selections from Franz Jørgen Neumann, Bill Capossere, Anthony Dipietro, and Emma Hine. Click here to listen on Blubrry or, click here to listen on iTunes. You can […]

Remembrance: Harriet Zinnes (1919–2019)

Dec, 13 2019 | no responses

by Stephanie G’Schwind, Colorado Review editor-in-chief It is with great sadness that we learned of Harriet Zinnes’s passing last week. A frequent contributor to Colorado Review, her poetry appeared in nine issues between 1996 and 2011. CR poetry editor Donald Revell writes, “Harriet Zinnes was a linchpin of American poetry and poetics. In her poems […]

An Interview with Colorado Review Contributor and Poet Sawako Nakayasu

Dec, 12 2019 | no responses

Of the poems published in the fall 2019 issue of Colorado Review, editorial assistant Jordan Osborne was most struck by Sawako Nakayasu’s “Ten Girls Stepping Into and Out of the Light.” Jordan was immediately curious about the world and mind in which the poem was created, drawn into a conversation with the piece about identity […]

November 2019 Podcast: Darcie Dennigan

Nov, 30 2019 | no responses

In this month’s episode, podcast hosts Evan Senie and Daniel Schonning interview poet, playwright, and novelist Darcie Dennigan. They discuss the writing process, genre-jumping, and how to catch eels with chicken nuggets.

Do Not Write Every Day

Nov, 21 2019 | one response

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Luke Eldredge One of the most common pieces of advice given to writers is to write every day. This advice is so common that it has largely been accepted as a given: To become a writer and to produce a work of writing, one must write every day. On the […]

Writing in Small Spaces: An Interview with Antonya Nelson

Nov, 07 2019 | no responses

Antonya Nelson received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 1986 and is the author of eight short story collections and four novels. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, the New Yorker, Harper’s, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, […]

October 2019 Podcast: Editing Nonfiction

Oct, 30 2019 | no responses

In our October episode, as part of our series looking behind the curtain at Colorado Review, podcast host Daniel Schonning interviews nonfiction editors Stephanie G’Schwind and Harrison Candelaria Fletcher. They discuss what brought G’Schwind and Fletcher to the craft, recent movements in the genre, and the three things our editors look for in nonfiction submissions […]

An Interview with Colorado Review Contributor Bill Capossere, Author of “Roadmap”

Oct, 24 2019 | no responses

Our associate editor Michelle LaCrosse recently reached out to Bill, after reading several of his essays published in CR, to learn more about his writing style, favorite metaphors, influential teachers and published works, and more. Michelle LaCrosse: The fall 2019 issue of CR will include your essay “Roadmap.” How did the idea come to you? […]

Building a Creative Practice by Mind Mapping

Oct, 17 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Jennifer Rojas I’ve lost more story ideas and inspiration written on small slips of paper, in random notebook margins, and on whatever came ready to my hand and pen than I have managed to save. I couldn’t find that one web page that had an image that prompted a really […]

September 2019 Podcast: Editing Fiction

Oct, 01 2019 | no responses

In this month’s episode, podcast host Evan Senie interviews fiction editor Steven Schwartz and associate editor Esther Hayes. They discuss the components of compelling fiction, things that stand out to them when they read the submission queue, and the process by which a piece moves all the way to being accepted at Colorado Review. The […]

An Interview with Colorado Review Contributor and Poet Stella Wong

Sep, 19 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Managing Editor Jess Turner 1. Winner of the 2018 Chapbook Prize, American Zero is forthcoming from Two Sylvias Press. What was it like for you to curate your poems into a bodied manuscript? How long did it take? What are the concerns at work in your chapbook? You never want to alienate […]

Good Gardening: A Conversation on Joshua McKinney’s Small Sillion

Sep, 12 2019 | no responses

With Matthew Cooperman, Jess Turner, Margaret Browne, Jordan Osborne, Sarah Green & Susannah Lodge-Rigal Matthew Cooperman: What tendons us to language? What animal logic resides behind the alphabet? In our breathing respirations and guttural clearings, there’s a ghost language of pure sound. Pure sound, and the animal that makes it. Or pure sound and the […]

August 2019 Podcast: Prize Edition

Aug, 30 2019 | no responses

In this month’s episode, podcast editors Daniel Schonning and Evan Senie look ahead to two prize-winning pieces of writing forthcoming from the Center for Literary Publishing: Brandon Krieg’s Magnifier, winner of the 2019 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Bryna Cofrin-Shaw’s Loss and Damage, winner of the 2019 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Listen here!

July 2019 Podcast: Summer 2019 Features

Jul, 31 2019 | no responses

In this month’s episode, podcast editors Daniel Schonning and Evan Senie take a deep dive into the Summer 2019 edition of Colorado Review. Join us as we discuss work by Tali Perch, Melanie Ritzenthaler, Cedar Brant, Maggie Smith, and Chelsea Dingman. Listen here.

From “Masala Muri” to Flavored Muesli: A Conversation with Kiriti Sengupta

Jul, 23 2019 | no responses

      Colorado Review is pleased to publish Jhilam Chattaraj’s interview of poet, writer, and       translator Kiriti Sengupta, winner of the 2018 Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize. In       this conversation, Sengupta refers specifically to his most recent poetry collection,       Rituals. For more on Rituals, check out Colorado Review’s book review by Devika Basu. 1. Rituals is your tenth […]

June 2019 Podcast: A Retrospective

Jun, 27 2019 | no responses

In this month’s episode, podcast editors Daniel Schonning and Evan Senie take a deep dive into past editions of Colorado Review. Features include prose by Melanie Rae Thon, poems by C.D. Wright, Jean Valentine, and Charles Wright–and more! Listen here: Episode 47.

May 2019 Podcast: Community Workshop Discussion with Ryan Lanham

May, 15 2019 | no responses

In the May episode of the CR Podcast, editors Evan Senie and Daniel Schonning sit down with MFA candidate Ryan Lanham to talk about his involvement in workshops for veterans and confined populations. Lanham expands on the joys and trials of the process, while touching on the important work that art can do in the world. The […]

Travel Writing Tips and Tricks

May, 15 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Michelle LaCrosse We’re finally into spring and summer is right around the bend—it’ll be here before you know it! Travel can happen at any time, but I know many, even most, people choose summer to get away from their routines and see something new. Ahead of these vacations and staycations, […]

Mirror, Mirror: “Ripped” from the Spring 2019 Issue

May, 13 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Elena Brousard-Norcross As a reader at Colorado Review, I often encounter work that I pass on to the editors with the hope that I will see it again—in print. “Ripped,” by Ashley Wurzbacher, from the Spring 2019 issue, is definitely one of those stories. When I first read it, I […]

Storytelling in Three Dimensions

May, 08 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Jennifer Rojas I fell in love with book arts twice in my life. The first time, midway through my first bookbinding class, I loved the artistry of it. I was in the Herron Art Library at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis. Our professor, Karen Baldner, had pulled some of her favorite […]

The Female Lyric: Creating Space for Female Experience

May, 07 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Margaret Browne In my own work, I often write through and out of distinctly feminist concerns—concerns about female agency and the body, female sexual pleasure and empowerment, the relationship between father and daughter, daughter and mother, what it’s like to be a woman with a mental illness, what it’s like […]

Revisiting The Woman Warrior

Apr, 23 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Michelle Thomas This spring, at AWP in Portland, I met Maxine Hong Kingston. It was your typical AWP meet-cute: I attended her panel and then hovered in the meet-and-greet line. I had so many thoughts that I wanted to share. Namely, that I had first read The Woman Warrior in […]

April 2019 Podcast: Spring 2019 Features

Apr, 18 2019 | no responses

In this month’s episode, poet and associate editor Kristin Macintyre joins podcast editors Daniel Schonning and Evan Senie for a look at the Spring 2019 edition of Colorado Review. Join us as we discuss works by Amanda Ajamfar, Laura Paul Watson, Albert Abonado, and Kyoko Mori. Have a listen here.

A Budget and a Plan: Braving the AWP Bookfair

Apr, 17 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Kristin Macintyre Three weeks ago, I was in Portland, Oregon with nearly 15,000 other writers strolling the aisles of the AWP bookfair. I was indistinguishable among the crowd, each of us wearing canvas totes and blue lanyards, each of us tugging at a friend’s elbow while gawking at a discounted journal […]

Counterpoint: Why We Should Question (If Not Abolish) the Writing Ritual

Apr, 16 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Jordan Osborne Since I decided to attempt being a writer, I’ve been told that I need to have a ritual for writing—set aside time and space, develop some habits to get me in the right frame of mind. Honestly, I could go on and on, rattling off tips from other […]

Finding a Home for Your Writing

Apr, 08 2019 | one response

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Yuni Ramos While sending your writing into the world can certainly feel daunting at times, there are several benefits to doing so. Some highlights include reaching a new audience, boosting your confidence, engaging in the literary conversation, and obtaining professional credibility. Now that I’ve got your attention, you may be […]

Books, Bodies, and Blossoms: Notes from AWP 2019

Apr, 01 2019 | one response

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Kelly Weber It’s April, which means it’s National Poetry Month, and it also means Portland was beginning to bud and bloom as writers from all across the country descended upon the city this past week for AWP 2019. The smell of coffee and blossoms mixed as people sporting canvas conference […]

Reading New Voices: A Different Kind of Literary Publishing

Mar, 26 2019 | no responses

by Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Matthew Gorman While many of us are familiar with traditional kinds of publications—newspapers, academic journals, literary journals, magazines, book houses, university presses, etc.—I would like to bring some attention to another form of publishing that has a different purpose than producing name recognition and resume lines: the realm of community […]

March 2019 Podcast: Interview with Adam Fagin

Mar, 18 2019 | one response

In our March episode, podcast editors Evan Senie and Daniel Schonning sit down with poet Adam Fagin, author of the recent Mountain West Poetry Series selection, Furthest Ecology. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 44.

Looking toward Spring with Place-Based Writing

Mar, 14 2019 | one response

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Jennifer Anderson If I have often been drawn to place-based writing as a way to travel from one locale to another through the nuances of language, then this winter I have been drawn to writing that evokes the liminal imaginary of being caught or pulled between places, between ways of […]

Revisiting the Holocaust Metaphors of Sylvia Plath

Mar, 07 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Leila Einhorn Like many female-identifying poets, I grew up with what can only be called a kind of worship for Sylvia Plath. Discovering Plath’s poetry among the overwhelmingly male voices of the American literary canon was like finding my way home. I was a teenage girl, aware of my growing […]

Procedures for the Slowpoke Poet

Feb, 27 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Susannah Lodge-Rigal I am a slow writer. This is something I know to be true: as a student at Colorado State University and in my writing life prior, I have never been quick to come up with new ideas for poems or essays. I admire poets who, day after day, […]

February 2019 Podcast: Writing on Mental Health with Margaret Browne

Feb, 23 2019 | one response

In our February episode, podcast editors Daniel Schonning and Evan Senie are joined by editorial assistant Margaret Browne to discuss writing that incorporates or responds to questions of mental health. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 43.

On Love Poetry

Feb, 13 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Daniel Schonning For most of us, the pitfalls associated with writing a modern love poem are nearly too many to count. On one side: the saccharine, the sentimental, the end-rhymed and metrical. On the other: the woe-filled; the creepy; the self-obsessed, erotic magnum opus. Somewhere between exists the razor’s edge […]

I Can’t Contain My Excitement for These New Books in 2019!

Feb, 01 2019 | no responses

By Colorado Review Managing Editor Katherine Indermaur Did you know that the number of people reading poetry in this country has almost doubled since 2013? This could very well be explained by the increased visibility of great poets of color and LGBTQIA poets in recent years. So, as one might expect, there is so much […]

January 2019 Podcast: Horror Poetry with Emma Hyche

Jan, 30 2019 | no responses

In this month’s episode, poet Emma Hyche joins editors Evan Senie and Daniel Schonning to discuss the wide world of horror poetry, true crime, and the cultural forces to which they respond. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 42.

Interview with Shannon Sweetnam: Winner of the 2018 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Dec, 14 2018 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Esther Hayes Shannon Sweetnam is a Chicago-based essay and fiction writer whose work has appeared most recently in the Chicago Tribune,, Cleaver Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, the Golden Key, Literal Latte, the Pinch, Crab Orchard Review, Nano Fiction, and Georgetown Review. She is the winner of the 2016 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest, 2010 Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, and two Illinois […]

December 2018 Podcast: Fall/Winter 2018 Features

Dec, 14 2018 | no responses

In December’s episode, associate editor Susannah Lodge-Rigal joins podcast editors Daniel Schonning and Evan Senie to explore creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction featured in the Fall/Winter 2018 edition of Colorado Review. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 41. Featured writers include Erica Berry, Tanya Grae, Chloé Leisure, and Michelle Ross.

Trash on the Rise: Diving into the Dumpster of Contemporary Literature

Nov, 30 2018 | no responses

by Colorado Review Associate Editor Christa Shively I remember a class I took as an undergraduate that focused on the works of postmodernist writer Don DeLillo. I recall the strong themes of trash and decay that ran through his novel Underworld. I was struck by how profound garbage seemed to be within the context of […]

An Interview with Poet Abigail Chabitnoy

Nov, 16 2018 | no responses

In this interview, Abigail Chabitnoy walks us through her experiences as a student, writer, and poet seeking publication. She was a 2016 Peripheral Poets fellow, and her poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, and Red Ink, among others.

November 2018 Podcast: Conversation with Aliceanna Stopher

Nov, 14 2018 | no responses

In our November episode, the CR Podcast sits down with the winner of Crazyhorse‘s 2018 Crazyshorts! Short Fiction Contest, Aliceanna Stopher. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 40. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! Just search “Colorado Review” in the iTunes store or follow this link.

When Books Become Movies

Nov, 09 2018 | 2 responses

But what happens when a beloved book becomes a movie? Honestly, my first thought is “oh no.”  Why? Because so often the movie lets me down, ruins my imagined world, and refuses to bring to life the best parts of the book.

A Podcast Update

Nov, 02 2018 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor and Podcast Editor Evan Senie The most tiring, frustrating, and wonderful part of my experience at the Center for Literary Publishing this semester has been taking over podcast-hosting duties with Daniel Schonning. We try to produce one podcast episode per month, which seems like it should be easy, and I […]

In Defense of Obsession

Oct, 29 2018 | no responses

Obsession, we’re told, is unhealthy at worst, embarrassing at best. To write about one’s obsessions, to air them publicly, is particularly tacky—or so we seem to believe.

Muriel Rukeyser and the Legacy of Documentary Poetry

Oct, 23 2018 | no responses

Using trial transcripts, witness testimonies, interviews, medical descriptions, and more, Rukeyser documents a nonlinear account of the industrial disaster through voices both real and imagined. Throughout, she never loses sight of the potential problematics of documentary poetry (voyeurism, appropriation, etc.) and this inquiry into her own method is an integral part of the poem.

Tracing Constructs and Conversations in Art

Oct, 19 2018 | no responses

One of the things I’ve come to understand about artistic pursuits, or at least about mine, is that they are anything but linear. Sometimes one needs to push the limits only to retrace origins and vice versa. So it is that I began exploring seemingly oppositional forces at play in art in general, and subsequently, in written mediums.

Ready, Set, Submit!

Oct, 05 2018 | no responses

On the faces of my students when I suggest they submit their work for publication: flattery, confusion. And I get it—no one taught me how to submit, how to find journals I admire, how to know when a piece is ready. The prospect can be daunting when you’re starting out.

August 2018 Podcast: A Retrospective

Aug, 31 2018 | no responses

In our August episode, podcast editors Evan Senie and Daniel Schonning take a look at poems and stories of past editions of the Colorado Review, including selections from E. E. Cummings, Langston Hughes, Ray Bradbury, Aimee Bender, and others. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 39. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! Just search “Colorado Review” […]

July 2018 Podcast: Summer Issue Preview

Jul, 25 2018 | no responses

In our July episode, editor-in-chief Stephanie G’Schwind, incoming podcast editor Evan Senie, and poet and MFA candidate Margaret Browne join podcast editor Meghan Pipe to give a preview of the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the new Summer 2018 issue. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 38. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! […]

June 2018 Podcast: Benjamin Soileau’s “Boosh Bourgeois”

Jun, 22 2018 | no responses

In our June episode, podcast editor Meghan Pipe is joined by incoming podcast editor Evan Senie, who will read an excerpt from Benjamin Soileau’s “Boosh Bourgeois.” The story appears in the upcoming Summer 2018 issue of Colorado Review. Then, they’ll be joined by Soileau via phone to chat about the story and Soileau’s work. Listen […]

May 2018 Podcast: Jennifer Itell’s “Moonwalk”

May, 30 2018 | no responses

In our May episode, podcast editor Meghan Pipe dives into the archives to read Jennifer Itell’s essay “Moonwalk” from the Fall/Winter 2017 issue. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 36. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! Just search “Colorado Review” in the iTunes store or follow this link.

Some Essential Skills for Leaving the MFA

May, 07 2018 | one response

By Colorado Review Associate Editor David Mucklow The end of the MFA is an inevitably strange experience, full of sort of empty landmarks of finality­­­­: turning in your thesis, defending your thesis, writing your last paper, grading your last paper, attending your last class, having your thesis formally accepted by the graduate school (a task […]

NaNoWriMo Is Not a Neighborhood in New York

May, 03 2018 | no responses

The best and most helpful thing for me was that NaNoWriMo had a well-established dedicated young adult page. There were workbooks, progress sheets, and suggestions for teachers. It was amazing. I went home the first day and rabbit-holed for hours.

April 2018 Podcast: A Pocket-Sized Poetry Episode

Apr, 30 2018 | no responses

Our short and sweet April episode features poems from the pages of Colorado Review, each chosen and read by a staff member of the journal. Listen to the podcast for poems by Shauna Barbosa, Ansley Clark, Paige Lewis, Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, and Isaac Ginsberg Miller: Episode 35. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! Just […]

On Poets New to Poetry

Apr, 13 2018 | no responses

In poetry, the ideas that exceed us are like yeast in dough—gritty bits that irritate, germinate, and give the product its full flesh.

Female Writers and the Rise of True Crime

Apr, 12 2018 | one response

“. . . they cut the psychopaths, the murderers and rapists and abusers, down to size. It’s not to take revenge—but it does rob these men of their power to amaze, to baffle, to be seen as some sort of living legend.”

The Intersection of Poetry and Comics

Apr, 05 2018 | one response

It is indeed possible to meld the low and the high, to translate poetry into a visual medium with goals both instructional and entertaining.

You Should Totally Come Here

Apr, 02 2018 | no responses

It’s hard not to gush when it comes to describing the Center for Literary Publishing’s internship program.

March 2018 Podcast: Spring 2018 Fiction Chat with Steven Schwartz

Mar, 28 2018 | no responses

In our March episode, fiction editor Steven Schwartz joins podcast editor Meghan Pipe to chat about the four stories in Colorado Review’s Spring 2018 issue—Caitlin Fitzpatrick’s “The Laws of Motion,” Timothy Hedges’s “Category Five,” Hester Kaplan’s “Daylight Saving,” and Jaeden Langlois’s “An Offering to the Mother Goddess Danu.” Listen to the podcast here: Episode 34. […]

On Romance (and Sex) in Fiction

Feb, 22 2018 | no responses

In my weaker, less feminist moments, I worry writing about relationships will come off as “girly,” as if girl-like behavior is both easily defined and something to be avoided at all costs.

In Support of Strangeness: A Perspective Toolkit for AWP

Feb, 16 2018 | no responses

You, by yourself, writing. You, alone, making that thing. That’s poetry. And when you die, that goes away. AWP goes on. But when you die there will never be another Fran poem or Cate poem or Michael poem. Don’t forget that.

A Literary Podcast Listicle

Feb, 14 2018 | no responses

I listened to Olds’s conversation in the airport and she told me to remember to love myself, to kiss my wrist. I did, right there at the gate, and it was lovely.

February 2018 Podcast: Poet Lauren Haldeman, author of Instead of Dying

Feb, 14 2018 | no responses

In February’s episode, associate editors Sam Killmeyer and Zach Yanowitz chat with Lauren Haldeman, author of Instead of Dying, winner of the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 33. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! Just search “Colorado Review” in the iTunes store or follow this link.

Lessons in Sincerity and Softness with W. S. Merwin

Feb, 02 2018 | no responses

I found that openness of form, softness of sound and image, and sincerity in tone suggest new ways I might approach poems as a writer and reader, and too, how I might more gently and generously approach my daily interactions with those around me.

Novels, Short Stories, and Me

Jan, 26 2018 | no responses

I will always marvel at all you short story writers out there, who make me feel intense emotions in such a small amount of space and time. There’s a special magic in them that has taught me lessons about novel writing before I’ve even had a chance to realize I was learning them.

January 2018 Podcast: Katie M. Flynn’s “Island Rule,” 2017 Winner of the Nelligan Prize

Jan, 24 2018 | no responses

In January’s episode, podcast editor Lauren Matheny reads Katie M. Flynn’s “Island Rule,” winner of the 2017 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, from the Fall/Winter 2017 issue. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 32. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! Just search “Colorado Review” in the iTunes store or follow this link.

New Year, New Lists: Best Books of This Year and Last

Jan, 20 2018 | no responses

I hadn’t realized how much I’d been craving modern company in my reading till I became more conscious of it; hadn’t realized how useful to my own writing reading super fresh literature could be.

Interview with Marianne Apostolides

Jan, 18 2018 | no responses

Author Marianne Apostolides’s Deep Salt Water (see our recent review here) is a powerful and fearless memoir which weaves together the theme of abortion and climate change. This work combines strong individual recollections with the more global idea of the collapse of our natural environment. Eric Maroney: I see this work as having many layers. […]

How to Create a Purposeful Reading List

Dec, 22 2017 | no responses

“Part of the beauty of literature is its great diversity, its weirdness, its ability to examine the human condition in new and authentic ways.”

The Boat Runner: A Review

Dec, 19 2017 | no responses

Later in life, looking back on his involvement, he is overcome by guilt. However, despite the insight of old age, the true terms and consequences of his decision to join the Germans remain somewhat obscure to him.

December 2017 Podcast: Fall/Winter 2017 Poetry Features

Dec, 14 2017 | no responses

In December’s episode, editorial assistant Danny Schonning joins podcast editor Meghan Pipe to read and discuss poetry selections from the new Fall/Winter 2017 issue. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 31. Featured poets include Adonis, Jackson Holbert, Jessica Reed, and Jess Williard. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! Just search “Colorado Review” in […]

A Few Things to Consider Before Submitting Your Work

Dec, 08 2017 | one response

I care about the narrator and am curious about what happens next. I want to read the next sentence and then the next. I forget about stretching, or the room temperature, or the fact that I didn’t eat breakfast before arriving at work. I’m only thinking about the essay. For a few minutes, the whole world is this essay.

On Reading Globally

Dec, 05 2017 | no responses

We maintain the false notion that literature must, or can somehow be completely original, pure, a work of genius, without questioning what exactly those terms mean, and how no writing is devoid of influence.

November 2017 Podcast: Fall/Winter 2017 Editors’ Chat

Nov, 29 2017 | no responses

In November’s episode, editor-in-chief Stephanie G’Schwind and managing editor Katherine Indermaur join podcast editor Meghan Pipe to chat about the new Fall/Winter 2017 issue. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 30. Become a subscriber to the Colorado Review podcast! Just search “Colorado Review” in the iTunes store or follow this link.

Infiltration of the Master’s Student

Nov, 17 2017 | no responses

During my time at the CLP, I not only get to see how the inside of a publishing house operates, but I also get to work alongside people producing content much like that submitted to the CLP for publication. I have learned just as much about the process of selecting a piece for publication as I have about the process that goes into making a publishable piece of work.

The Careful Adventures of a Copyeditor

Nov, 03 2017 | no responses

The English language is a system, albeit a wonky and sometimes counterintuitive one. Writers can certainly choose to break the rules of that system, but it helps for us to first be aware of the rules from which we’re departing.

October 2017 Podcast: Katherine Hill’s “Waste Management”

Oct, 31 2017 | no responses

In October’s episode, podcast editor Meghan Pipe dives into the archives to read Katherine Hill’s “Waste Management,” winner of the 2010 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (Fall/Winter 2010 issue). Then, Hill joins in via phone to chat about the Nelligan Prize and how her writing life has unfolded since winning. Listen to the podcast here: […]

Small Miracles

Oct, 24 2017 | no responses

This thing that we do carries an energy that is crucial to our being able to wake up and rediscover the world around us again and again and again.

Why I Prefer Writing Nonfiction

Oct, 17 2017 | 2 responses

. . . there’s also nothing quite like finishing the memoir of a real person who has lived through something similar to what I’ve experienced, and finding a kindred spirit in those pages.

Ethics and Aesthetics: Trauma Narratives

Oct, 06 2017 | no responses

In the past several weeks, I have read submissions about war and horrific physical injuries, debilitating ailments and incurable diseases, families shattered by divorce or marital infidelity, death and suicide, drug addiction and abuse, homophobia, transphobia, and so many other sources of trauma that I often find myself ruminating on these narratives well after my shift at the Center for Literary Publishing has ended.

Colorado Review Podcast: September 2017 Episode

Sep, 29 2017 | no responses

In Colorado Review’s September episode, Podcast Editor Lauren Matheny, Co-Nonfiction Editor Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, and Associate Editor Michelle LaCrosse discuss “Daughter Tongue,” an essay by Kathleen Blackburn featured in the Summer 2017 issue of the magazine. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 28.

Colorado Review Podcast: August 2017 Episode

Aug, 31 2017 | no responses

In Colorado Review’s August 2017 podcast,  poetry editor Camille T. Dungy and associate editor Sam Killmeyer join podcast editor Meghan Pipe in the studio. Together, they’ll dive into poetry from Kaveh Akbar, Julie Henson, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Donald Platt from the Summer 2017 issue. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 27.

Colorado Review Podcast: July 2017 Episode

Jul, 21 2017 | no responses

In Colorado Review’s July 2017 podcast, we veer from our typical format for a round-table chat with podcast editors Lauren Matheny and Meghan Pipe, editor-in-chief Stephanie G’Schwind, and associate editor David Mucklow. Tune in as we share personal highlights from the Summer 2017 issue, gush about our favorite lit journals, and talk about how our […]

Colorado Review Podcast: June 2017 Episode

Jul, 03 2017 | no responses

In Colorado Review’s June 2017 podcast, editorial assistant Aliceanna Stopher joins podcast editor Meghan Pipe in the studio to read Samantha Storey’s short story “Voices Underwater” from the magazine’s Summer 2017 issue. Then, Storey joins in to chat about her work. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 25) Part I: Samantha Storey’s “Voices Underwater,” read […]

Colorado Review Podcast: May 2017 Episode

May, 31 2017 | no responses

In Colorado Review’s May 2017 podcast, writer Emily Sinclair joins co-podcast editor Lauren Matheny and editor-in-chief Stephanie G’Schwind in the studio to read her nonfiction essay “Searching for the Duck Hole” from the magazine’s Spring 2017 issue. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 24)

10 Places for Daily Poetry

May, 05 2017 | 5 responses

In order to keep this daily poetry need stress-free, I’ve been actively seeking out daily poetry emails and services. I thought that you too, in your daily stresses, joys, and attention to spring weather, might also want to enjoy this stress-free daily poetry, and so I’ve compiled a list of places to sign up for and read poems.

In Defense of Odd

Apr, 21 2017 | no responses

Not that being odd is currently under literary attack or anything, but I’ve been thinking about how certain pieces of writing are perfectly misshapen—a trapezoidal-peg-round-hole sort of thing—just enough to defy clear categorization.

Colorado Review Podcast: April 2017 Episode

Apr, 19 2017 | no responses

In Colorado Review’s April 2017 podcast, podcast editors Lauren Matheny and Meghan Pipe sit down with Ada Limón, author of Bright Dead Things, finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry. Limón visited Colorado State University earlier this month through the CSU Creative Writing Reading Series. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 23)

Preach, Mama

Apr, 14 2017 | one response

I admitted, then, like a secret or a dare, “I’ve found myself writing preach, mama in the margins of the books I’m reading,” which has been the biggest puzzle to emerge out of many otherwise subtle changes.

Spoken Word: Not Just for Poetry

Apr, 07 2017 | no responses

I went for this drive and listened to the entire seven episodes of S-Town, which comes from the producers of Serial and This American Life. I cried multiple times per episode, in the car, by myself.

Women in Art

Mar, 31 2017 | no responses

Seeking out female writers isn’t something I’ve done consciously per se, rather the work I find so fascinating, the work I think is most exciting and brave and honest right now, happens to be by women and this feels important and true to me.

Colorado Review Podcast: March 2017 Episode

Mar, 29 2017 | one response

In Colorado Review’s March 2017 podcast, Kylan Rice passes the torch to incoming podcast editors Lauren Matheny and Meghan Pipe. Together, they’ll dive into the Colorado Review archives to read Barrington Smith-Seetachitt’s “Superman Falling” from the Fall/Winter 2008 issue. Afterward, Smith-Seetachitt will join in via Skype to chat about the story. Listen to the podcast here! […]

Area Poet Admits to Reading Fiction

Mar, 24 2017 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Zach Yanowitz I’m a poet. I’m in graduate school for poetry. As a result, that’s largely what I write and read. Sure, I’ve been obsessively keeping up with the news for the last few months and I read my fair share of comic books, but part of me sort of […]

Aesthetics and Worth in Writing

Mar, 10 2017 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Cory Cotten-Potter Anyone who’s ever been a member of a workshop, writing group, or any impromptu conversation among readers and writers knows that we all have a different aesthetic. And that, as a whole, they’re reasonably hard to describe. Ideally an aesthetic would indicate some sort of definable set, a […]

A Reflection on Listening: Thanks to Mike Lala and Rachel Hall

Mar, 03 2017 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Kristin Macintyre A few days ago I, along with the literary community at Colorado State University, had the honor of listening to two writers read their work at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art on campus. Rachel Hall, a visiting fiction writer from SUNY-Geneseo, read a beautiful short story from […]

Navigating Twitter as a Writer

Feb, 24 2017 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Beth Stoneburner On any given afternoon, when not in class or working on school-related things, you will typically find me at home with a cat or two and several social media tabs open on my laptop: Facebook, WordPress, and Twitter. It’s the last one, however, that’s been most beneficial to […]

On the Politics of Art

Feb, 17 2017 | no responses

by Colorado Review Associate Editor Meghan Pipe Today in a literature class on postmodernism—I am the teaching assistant in this upper-level course for undergraduates—we got to talking about politics in art, and whether that P-word should have a place in art at all. One student suggested that art should come from individual experience and not […]

Space, Time, Poetics

Feb, 10 2017 | no responses

by Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Christa Shively I am sitting on my couch, in my living room, in a place that I have staked, flagged, and signed on the dotted line for. My neighborhood is made up of parcels of earth, homogenized snippets of ground, dovetail lots containing homes, yards, and mailboxes. Each driveway has identical […]

On the Boss, and Ghostwriters

Feb, 03 2017 | no responses

by Colorado Review Associate Editor KT Heins I recently finished Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen on a flight back from Mobile, Alabama. My grandfather died on Sunday, January 15th in the evening, in his sleep. My father gave me Born to Run to read on the plane. As my father handed me the heavy, […]

Colorado Review Podcast: January Episode

Jan, 31 2017 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, associate editor Kristin Macintyre, and authors Paige Lewis and Rusty Morrison as they read and discuss several of the poems featured in the Fall 2016 issue of the journal. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 21)

The Year of Nonfiction

Jan, 27 2017 | no responses

By Lauren Matheny, Colorado Review Associate Editor My name is Lauren, and I am a fiction writer. A fiction MFA candidate. And I have a confession: the last three books I’ve read have been nonfiction. I think I have a problem. I feel, however, that this shift might be global rather than personal. Or maybe […]

New Year, New-ish Reads

Jan, 20 2017 | no responses

By Katherine Indermaur, Colorado Review Assistant Managing Editor It’s a new year, so I’ve resolved to take a look at all those books I’ve been meaning to read—or lying to my friends about having read—for years. We all keep our own mental lists of books that we are embarrassed to admit we haven’t yet read. […]

Five Friends, Five Books

Jan, 11 2017 | one response

By Alex Morrison, Colorado Review Associate Editor The holiday season approaches, and maybe you are unsure about what to give your friends. You know that a book always makes a good gift, but if you are like me, you tend to give books that you want to read, have read, or think that the recipient […]

(Don’t) Write What You Know

Jan, 10 2017 | no responses

By Chelsea Hansen, Colorado Review Associate Editor Every writer has heard that infamous phrase: “Write what you know.” And, like me, most writers have probably railed against it. I first heard this when I was nineteen and in my first-ever workshop. My professor at the time had gone off on an unintended rant on the subject. […]

Courage Teachers

Jan, 10 2017 | no responses

By Cole Konopka, Colorado Review Associate Editor I love the contemporary literary moment. I love it in many ways. I love the grassroots rhizome of small presses and journals doing unique work all over the world. I love the schools that offer refuge to write among others who write. The contemporary literary moment is in […]

Poems for Uncertain Times

Jan, 10 2017 | no responses

  Compiled by CL Young, Colorado Review Associate Editor This week, the Colorado Review and CSU poetry communities offer a list of some of the poems we return to when we need strength, reassurance, grounding, and reminders of beauty and empathy. Dan Beachy-Quick, Book Review Editor (poetry) & Associate Professor of Creative Writing: Gerard Manley […]

Colorado Review Podcast: December Episode

Dec, 21 2016 | one response

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, associate editor Dana Chellman, and author Rose Whitmore as they read and discuss Rose’s essay “Witness,” featured in the Fall 2016 issue of the journal. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 20)

Colorado Review Podcast: November Episode

Dec, 21 2016 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, associate editor Lauren Matheny, and author Karin Cecile Davidson as they read and discuss Karin’s short story “Rock Salt and Rabbit,” featured in the Fall 2016 issue of the journal. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 19)

The Bravery of Writing

Nov, 11 2016 | no responses

By Morgan Riedl, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Recently, I attended a storytelling event with a friend. After the performance, we discussed what it’s like to write and share stories, and agreed to send each other a story we’d written. Shortly after I got home, my phone buzzed with a text: “I’m so nervous for you […]

New Worlds Need New Words

Nov, 04 2016 | one response

By Michelle LaCrosse, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Have you ever wanted to tell a story about some far-off place that only exists in your imagination? Or struggled to describe something that’s in your head and yet just cannot seem to translate it to the page? Maybe you’re using the wrong word. Maybe the right word […]

Colorado Review Podcast: October Episode

Oct, 26 2016 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice and poet Mike Lala as they read and discuss a selection of poems from Exit Theater (2016), this year’s winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 18)

A Window into the World of Bookmaking

Oct, 21 2016 | no responses

By Sam Killmeyer, Colorado Review Associate Editor This summer I was lucky enough to work in some way on the three books of poems the Center for Literary Publishing will release this year: Exit Theater, &Luckier, and Escape Velocity. Up until this point I thought of bookmaking as something magical, attainable only by ‘real’ poets, […]

Learning from Rejection: Confessions of a Lit Journal Intern

Oct, 07 2016 | no responses

By Yash Seyedbagheri, Colorado Review Associate Editor When you envision stories being rejected at a literary journal, you might imagine a group of men and women in trench coats and fedoras, sitting around rejecting people with a certain glee, tossing manuscripts into the garbage can as they laugh jovially. And the fact is that isn’t true, […]

Colorado Review Podcast: September 2016

Sep, 28 2016 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice and poet Jenny Drai as they read and discuss Drai’s poems as found in the Summer 2016 edition of the journal. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 17)

Cowboy Poetry & Writing Out West

Sep, 28 2016 | no responses

By Emily Ziffer, Colorado Review Associate Editor A few weeks ago I went rock climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park with two guys with whom I recently started training at the gym. I’ve been climbing competitively since middle school and because of this most of my life has been a series of balancing acts between academic […]

The Case for the Audiobook

Sep, 21 2016 | no responses

By Alex Morrison, Colorado Review Associate Editor It is no secret that graduate students spend a majority of their time reading, rarely for fun, and often more than a book a week. We all develop different strategies to cope with an ever-increasing workload, whether by learning to read on the go, the art of skimming, or […]

Erasing the Self, Rescuing the Lyric: A Conversation about Self-Erasure

Jul, 18 2016 | one response

Recent years have seen an increasing interest in erasure poetry, in which a poet creates a new text by selectively erasing from another author’s pre-existing text. Poets Kristina Marie Darling and Sam Taylor are both practitioners of “self-erasure,” in which they first write their own text and then erase part of it. Taylor and Darling both developed […]

Colorado Review Podcast: Special Author Edition with Emily Perez

May, 19 2016 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice and poet Emily Pérez, author of House of Sugar, House of Stone, selected for the Mountain West Poetry Series in 2016, out from the Center for Literary Publishing. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 16)

2016: The Summer of Consumption

May, 16 2016 | no responses

by Zach Yanowitz, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant As the school year winds down I’ve been thinking about how to spend my summer Free Time, a concept that my life seems to have forgotten since beginning my MFA in August. I have decided that Summer 2016 is going to be the Summer of Consumption. I should […]

Finding Solace in Anthologies

May, 09 2016 | one response

By David Mucklow, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Since starting my MFA and working at the Center for Literary Publishing, I’ve discovered a lot of new books of poetry. That has been probably one of the most exciting and helpful experiences as I start to work on my own full-length manuscript of poetry. With so much […]

Colorado Review Podcast: AWP Edition

May, 06 2016 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice and poet Bonnie Arning at AWP Los Angeles as they read and discuss Arning’s poem “Black Acres,” which can be found in the Spring 2016 edition of the journal. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 15)

Fonograf Editions: Adding What’s Missing

May, 03 2016 | no responses

by Cory Cotten-Potter, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Here’s the thing: I still think of writing as physical, the written word being just that, written. Reading words on the page and creating meaning is a strange act, an attempt to connect to places and people I’ll never see, people and places that I, as the reader, […]

I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On

Apr, 22 2016 | one response

by Melissa Hohl, Colorado Review, Associate Editor Samuel Beckett said that, not me. (The Unnamable is a weird and wonderful work of art, as is the whole of Beckett’s trilogy.) What’s on my mind right now: • This is my final blog post for Colorado Review (!!!) before I graduate. • I turn in my thesis to my committee […]

Words for Words

Apr, 21 2016 | no responses

by Cole Konopka, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant In one of the many warnings I received as an undergraduate writer, a poet and teacher once broke down the hourly wage of writing (and editing) a poem for eventual publication. The $50 payment spread itself over many hours, until minimum wage seemed idealistic to hope for. Somehow […]

The Participation Prize

Apr, 13 2016 | no responses

by Abigail Kerstetter, Colorado Review Associate Editor It’s always a strange thing, spending a weekend in devotion to writing, in the company of thousands of other writers, publishers, and general lovers of words at various stages of their careers, some well-seasoned in navigating what can quickly become a hall of mirrors, others just entering this […]

A Constraint to Free Me

Apr, 06 2016 | no responses

by Andrew Mangan, Associate Editor, Colorado Review A year ago, I was deluded. I’d persuaded myself to believe that I was a diverse reader, since my ten favorite authors then were a demographic scattershot: Lorrie Moore, Junot Díaz, ZZ Packer, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ben Marcus, Ottessa Moshfegh, Yiyun Li, Donald Antrim, Nam Le, Tobias Wolff (in […]

The Undergraduate Literary Journal: A Bridge to Becoming a Writer

Mar, 29 2016 | no responses

by Emily Harnden, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant The first short story I ever fell in love with, the kind of love that happens only once or twice when you are young and hopeful and vulnerable to getting your heart punctured, was, predictably, “How to Become a Writer,” by Lorrie Moore. That whip-smart opening—“First, try to […]

Colorado Review Podcast: March Episode

Mar, 23 2016 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, staff member Cole Konopka, and poet Stephanie Lenox as they read and discuss Lenox’s book The Business, new release and Colorado Prize for Poetry winner from the Center for Literary Publishing. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 14)

Learning to Read

Mar, 11 2016 | no responses

by John McDonough, Colorado Review, Associate Editor A confession: Despite being in the third year of my MFA program, an editor at two literary journals, and a teacher of creative writing, I’m not a good reader. That’s not to say I can’t do it—I can, of course (and probably know a slightly above-average number of words, in […]

Something Like Hope: Finding a Future in Young Poets

Feb, 26 2016 | no responses

by CL Young, Colorado Review  Editorial Assistant Around the middle of last year, the age restriction on the Yale Younger Poets Prize was lifted, opening the competition (previously available only to poets under the age of 40) to emerging poets of any age. The Yale Prize has been around for nearly one-hundred years and has […]

Colorado Review Podcast: February Episode

Feb, 26 2016 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, poetry editor Matthew Cooperman, and Denise Jarrott as they read and discuss poetry by Rae Armantrout, Karla Kelsey, and Katherine Painter from the Fall / Winter 2015 issue. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 13)

Bad Things, Cattle Dogs, and the Nelligan Prize: An Interview with Luke Dani Blue

Feb, 21 2016 | one response

by Meghan Pipe, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Here at Colorado Review, we’re in that mid-winter liminal space between Nelligan Prizes, celebrating our 2015 winner while eagerly accepting submissions for 2016. 2015’s winner is Luke Dani Blue, whose “Bad Things That Happen to Girls” was selected by final judge Lauren Groff. Blue will visit Colorado State […]

Sean Pears interviews Jill Magi

Feb, 08 2016 | no responses

Last year Colorado Review published a review of Jill Magi’s 2014 LABOR. In early 2016, Magi and the reviewer, Sean Pears, continued the conversation on the emerging role of the university in an era of neoliberal reform, the value of humanities instruction in the twenty-first  century, and the possible terms of solidarity between and across […]

In the News: Free Stories, Vending Machines, and Literary Archives

Feb, 06 2016 | one response

by Shoaib Alam, Colorado Review Associate Editor Literature is coming to the streets (again), and it’s disguised as coffee sleeves, fast food, and tanks. The Atlantic explores the guerilla-marketing techniques being deployed to promote reading worldwide in this article. The city of Grenoble, France, leads the pack with machines that vend stories according to reading time—one-minute, three-minutes […]

2016 Poetry Preview from the Center for Literary Publishing

Jan, 29 2016 | no responses

by Katie Naughton, Colorado Review Associate Editor It’s late January, which means that it is reading season at the Center for Literary Publishing for the editors and judges who will select one manuscript to be published as the winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry and two manuscripts to be published in the Mountain West Poetry […]

Colorado Review Podcast: January Episode

Jan, 28 2016 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, editor Stephanie G’Schwind, and Dean Sangalis as they read and discuss the short story “The Wisdom of Sons” by Thomas White from the Spring 2009 issue. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 12)

May Print Never Die

Jan, 22 2016 | no responses

by Chelsea Hansen, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Every time I move I’m amazed by the amount of books I own; more than half of my boxes will be full of books. They recently graduated, after my last move, from orderly piles on the floor to a second bookshelf, which has room for approximately four more […]

Two Recommendations from the Poetry Reviews Editor

Jan, 20 2016 | no responses

by Dan Beachy-Quick, Colorado Review Poetry Reviews Editor When I first encountered Agnes Martin’s paintings, those grids too easily subsumed by the name Minimalism, I felt a mute appreciation. But over the years I’ve found myself, in every museum I visit, searching out her work, feeling not a mute appreciation on discovering one, but a […]

Colorado Review Podcast: December Episode

Dec, 14 2015 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, editor Matthew Cooperman, and Melissa Hohl as they read and discuss “Going Back to Thira” by Rachel Mennies and “Five Years Later” by Brittany Cavallaro, two poems from the Fall 2015 issue. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 11)

On Grammar

Nov, 30 2015 | no responses

To love words, you have to treat them right, work within the grammar rules given.

Colorado Review Podcast: November Episode

Nov, 23 2015 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, editor Steven Schwartz, and Meghan Pipe as they read and discuss “Bad Things That Happen to Girls,” a story by Luke Dani Blue from the Fall 2015 issue. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 10)

Interview with José Skinner

Nov, 20 2015 | no responses

The whole idea behind imaginative writing is to appropriate experiences other than your own. The important question is how you do it.

Trauma in Contemporary Short Stories

Nov, 19 2015 | no responses

by Angela Mergentime, Colorado Review Associate Editor As a graduate student pursuing a master’s in English Literature, I have to shift my literary gears each time I read submissions for Colorado Review. I’ve lately been spending a lot of time reading historical and theoretical material for my master’s project—in addition to my ongoing habit of […]

My Nemesis, the Television

Nov, 05 2015 | no responses

Before I moved to Colorado, I considered leaving my television behind. I wanted to break my sense of continuity, throw a wrench in the cyclical nature of routine, and the TV was an obvious source of time-suck, a passive activity that conflicted with my creative pursuits, specifically writing.

Colorado Review Podcast: October Episode

Oct, 30 2015 | one response

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, editor Stephanie G’Schwind, and Alex Morrison as they read and discuss “Namesake,” an essay by Mason Stokes from the Fall 2015 issue. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 9)

Interview with Craig Santos Perez

Oct, 29 2015 | no responses

To me, voice is an important element of docupoetics. Voice insists on the personal and the human within historical, political, cultural, and everyday documents and/or the documentation the past and the present.

What We Write About When We Have Writer’s Block

Oct, 05 2015 | no responses

by Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Writer’s block. These are two words that any writer dreads, especially in an MFA program, a place where time is not a luxury and where we’re always aware that we’re part of a select few. It creeps upon us like a shadow, lingering for the longest periods of […]

Colorado Review Podcast: September Episode

Sep, 28 2015 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, poetry editor Camille Dungy, and managing editor Cedar Brant as they read and discuss poetry by Hala Alyan, Brandon Kreitler, and Roger Reeves from the Summer 2015 issue. Listen to the podcast here! (Episode 8)

Colorado Review Podcast: May Episode

May, 28 2015 | no responses

Join Colorado Review’s podcast editor Kylan Rice, editor Stephanie G’Schwind, and associate editor Anitra Ingham as they read and discuss the story “Animal Lovers” by Angela Mitchell. Listen to the podcast here: Episode 7

On the Road, in the Kitchen, in the Wild: Audio Books Are Sometimes Ideal

May, 21 2015 | no responses

by Stewart Moore, Colorado Review editorial assistant I have several friends who say they love driving long distances. They relish the opportunity to burn down the highway, see the landscape change before their eyes, and jam out to five hours of music. I, however, hate driving. Not only because I can’t sit still for more […]

What’s in a Book Collection?

May, 14 2015 | no responses

by Alex Morrison, Colorado Review editorial assistant Last month, I was hosting a friend from Baltimore while he used Fort Collins as a launching point to explore Rocky Mountain National Park. I was giving my friend a quick tour of my apartment when he stopped to inspect my bookshelf, a narrow and flimsy piece of […]

Interview with Katherine Standefer

May, 08 2015 | one response

Katherine E. Standefer writes about the body, consent, and medical technology. Her essay “Shock to the Heart, Or: A Primer on the Practical Applications of Electricity” appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Colorado Review. She generously agreed to share her thoughts on her craft with Natalya Stanko, Colorado Review associate editor.   Natalya Stanko: […]

Tanvi Bush interview

May, 06 2015 | 2 responses

To read a review of Tanvi Bush’s Witch Girl, click here. Book reviewer Heather Sharfeddin recently interviewed Tanvi Bush for Colorado Review. Bush grew up in Lusaka, Zambia. She later studied in the UK, reading English and Theatre at Exeter University, then Film Production at the Northern School of Film and TV. In the late […]

Tracing Voices: from first poem to publication

May, 04 2015 | one response

by Cedar Brant, Colorado Review editorial assistant The most shocking thing happens when your work is published: people read it. Although this is, of course, the basic idea, it is nonetheless miraculous. Publication is the crucible that transforms the private tomes of one’s journal into, in the spirit of John Keats, “a handshake,” an act […]

“Why I Go To AWP”: Three vignettes

Apr, 15 2015 | no responses

By Melissa Hohl, Colorado Review Associate Editor “It’s like Vegas in here. There are no clocks and it could be any time of day or night outside and we would have no idea” –John Gallaher on the AWP book fair I spent most of the daytime during AWP at the book fair, either walking around […]

Working to Write or Writing to Work?

Apr, 02 2015 | no responses

By Bryan C. Johnson, Colorado Review Associate Editor As I approach the end of my MFA experience, I’ve been thinking more and more about what my writing life will look like post-degree. For the past three years, I’ve had a decent amount of free time (I’m not an adjunct, or I would have no free […]

In the News: Books Awards, Reviews and Author Remains

Mar, 27 2015 | no responses

By Shoaib Alam, Colorado Review Associate Editor Literary awards are all over the news recently. Here at Colorado Review, submissions closed not too long ago for the 2015 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. The winner will be announced in July. The final judge is Lauren Groff. Meanwhile, Akhil Sharma won the second Folio prize for […]

Three Literary Podcasts Worth Your Time

Mar, 11 2015 | no responses

By Andrew Mangan, Colorado Review Associate Editor We are living in a post-Serial world in which podcasting has broken into the mainstream and proven itself to be a serious form of media. And having recently revamped our podcast here at Colorado Review, I wanted to put together a list of a few other blue-chip podcasts […]

Book Blurbs and Social Influence Bias

Mar, 04 2015 | no responses

By Nathaniel Barron, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant I recently received a book to review for the Center for Literary Publishing. I was excited; the author had impressive publications and credentials, and the blurb on the back cover was from a recent Pulitzer Prize–winning author (who shall henceforth be referred to as PPWA). According to PPWA, […]

Four Poetry Books to Read This Spring

Mar, 03 2015 | no responses

A certain approach to poetry marvels the mundane. It takes those daily chores that seem to threaten a meaningful life and inverts the equation, so that doing the chores becomes its own sacred mediation.

On Taste

Feb, 17 2015 | no responses

by Marie Turner, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant I’ve been thinking lately about the issue of taste. I think it’s been on my mind because of recent instances in both my professional and student lives that have made me think about how when we publish (or attempt to publish) something, there are an extraordinary number of […]

A Tale of Two Queues

Jan, 23 2015 | one response

By John McDonough, Colorado Review Associate Editor The queue. The slush pile. The drawer. I’m sure there are other names out there (many unpublishable), all of which speak to dreaded way journal editors and editorial assistants think about the submissions that both give them life and (seem to) threaten to take it away. So many […]

Small Press Books for the Obscure and Difficult People on Your Holiday Shopping List

Dec, 18 2014 | 2 responses

By Sarah Hansen, Colorado Review editorial assistant Holiday gift-giving is tricky even for people you know well, but what about the extremely difficult/wildcard people on your list? Sometimes you draw a weird name in Secret Santa or realize at the last minute that you don’t have a gift for someone who will be at dinner. […]

Five Questions for Mike Meginnis: An interview by Malissa Stark

Dec, 17 2014 | no responses

Reviewer Malissa Stark recently spoke with author Mike Meginnis about his powerful new novel, Fat Boy and Little Man. In this unusual book, Meginnis brings to life the bombs that fell on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, reimagining them as human characters. In the interview, Meginnis explains his creative process and how this book came into existence. […]

The Year of the Essay: A Round-Up

Dec, 08 2014 | no responses

by Karen Montgomery Moore, Colorado Review Associate Editor Thoughts of genre, hybridity, and essays have somehow been central to both my work and my reading in 2014.  At times, the label of “essay” seems to be applied as a fall-back, an admittance that there is not always an easy place to shelve work that ranges […]

Kent Haruf, 1943-2014

Dec, 01 2014 | one response

With great sadness, we learned of Kent Haruf’s passing on Sunday, November 30. Author of the novels The Tie that Binds, Where You Once Belonged, Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction, and Our Souls at Night, he has long been a prominent voice in Colorado literature, specifically of Colorado’s northeastern plains, which don’t get much attention but whose […]

Colorado Review Podcast: November 2014

Nov, 21 2014 | no responses

Episode 2 Nate Barron, Steven Schwartz, and Kylan Rice discuss the short story “The Dogs of Detroit,” by Brad Felver 

Interview with Amira Pierce

Nov, 06 2014 | no responses

 by Anitra Ingham, Colorado Review Associate Editor “Anything Good Is a Secret,” selected by Kent Nelson as the winner of the 2014 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, appears in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Colorado Review. The author, Amira Pierce, generously agreed to share her thoughts on the story with Associate Editor Anitra Ingham.   […]

Halloween Book Recommendations: Scary Style Guides

Oct, 31 2014 | no responses

by Angela Mergentime, Colorado Review editorial assistant Here at Colorado Review, we’re big fans of The Chicago Manual of Style. We rely on it for guidance on how and when to use em dashes, en dashes, and hyphens. We turn to it when we can’t remember whether to use a figure or spell out a […]

In the News: Literary Prizes, American Inferiority Complex Edition

Oct, 16 2014 | no responses

by Cornelius FitzPatrick, Colorado Review Associate Editor The winner of the Man-Booker Prize for Fiction was announced yesterday, and the prize went to Australian author Richard Flanagan for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This year marked the first in the Booker’s 46-year history that the prize could be awarded to authors outside […]

The Absence of the Book

Oct, 09 2014 | no responses

by Kylan Rice, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant As in any niche community, for poets there seems to simmer a war of virtues when it comes to online publishing. I know many writers and creative writing faculty who initially expressed great suspicion and disdain at eschewing print for pixel, or for being solicited by new online […]

Carrying It Through

Oct, 06 2014 | no responses

by Jayla Rae Ardelean, Colorado Review Associate Editor Sometimes I open up our nonfiction submissions queue and see “bird” in the title of an essay. My instinct is to click on it and dive in immediately. Around here, people know that the bulk of what I write about is birds, birding, and loving birds. (And […]

How Do You Know?

Sep, 12 2014 | no responses

How do you know when something is good enough to publish? Colorado Review receives hundreds of submissions every month, over 9,000 submissions each year. Each is carefully read and considered by a team of editors, associate editors, and editorial assistants like me. I am a graduate student, working on a master’s degree in writing creative […]


Sep, 05 2014 | no responses

by Drew Webster, Managing Editor, Colorado Review As you may have heard, last week the Alaska Quarterly Review received news that it may lose funding in the near future. I learned about it on Twitter. My feed was flecked with a new hashtag: “#SaveAQR.” In case you didn’t hear, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) […]

Found in Translation

Jul, 26 2014 | no responses

by Jennifer Wisner Kelly, Book Review Editor for Fiction and Nonfiction If you’re a frequent reader of Colorado Review’s online book reviews, you might have noticed a recent trend in our fiction and nonfiction selections. Interspersed among exciting new titles from American writers, there are recent books in translation from around the world, published here […]

Three Poetry Books You Should Read

Jun, 10 2014 | no responses

A Recommendation from our Poetry Reviews Editor, Dan Beachy-Quick Most of us read more than one book at a time. It’s a habit that at its worst leaves each book with less than full attention, an error that leaves—at least for me—worthy pages unread. Other times, reading more than one book at once reveals an […]

Reading Voice: A Meditation on Poetry and Musical Lyrics

May, 16 2014 | no responses

by Lincoln Greenhaw, Colorado Review Associate Editor Picture yourself in a busy coffee shop with a copper counter and a ceiling festooned with strings of large, old-fashioned lightbulbs. There is dark, atmospheric music playing. Now take a moment to look around the room and listen as the various conversations about marketing plans or Internet cats […]

Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers & Fatherhood

May, 09 2014 | no responses

By Stephanie G’Schwind, Editor The Center for Literary Publishing is perhaps best known for Colorado Review and the poetry books we publish for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and the Mountain West Poetry Series. But we have a new book out this month, something a little different—our first nonfiction anthology: Man in the Moon: Essays […]

The Poet’s Tithe

May, 07 2014 | no responses

By Abby Kerstetter, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Workers need poetry more than bread. They need that their life should be a poem. —Simone Weil “What are you looking for?” It’s the most frequently asked question, and it’s the hardest to answer. There are more opinions than poets, and more poems attempting to defend those opinions, […]

Death of the Short Story

Apr, 23 2014 | no responses

By John McDonough, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Let me come out and say it: the title of this essay is deceptive. I’m not here to construct a headstone, to bemoan the lack of popular interest in contemporary short fiction, or decry the work of my fellow writers as cliched or trite or regressive. No, I’m […]

The Novella Borderland

Apr, 17 2014 | 3 responses

Call it what you want—novella, short novel, novelette—the literature of the border refuses to be pinned down.

Interview with Paul Hoover

Apr, 10 2014 | one response

by Melissa Hohl, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to interview a dynamic poet? As Paul Hoover’s former student, I was excited to catch up with him and talk about everything from Tristan Tzara to Barry Wade of W.W. Norton & Company. Hoover’s poems, intelligence, and sense of […]

Interview with Danniel Schoonebeek

Mar, 27 2014 | no responses

by Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Katie Naughton Danniel Schoonebeek is a friend, a former coworker, and one of my favorite poets. The first thing I knew about Colorado Review was the Summer 2012 issue, which included Danniel’s poem “Bildungsroman (Spare American)” and some of his Torch Songs in collaboration with Allyson Paty. I’m pleased to […]

March Podcast: Edward Hamlin’s “Night in Erg Chebbi” (Live)

Mar, 24 2014 | no responses

Remember that time you got tickets to see your favorite band live at that arena? Remember how you wore the t-shirt of the band you were going to see? Remember how all of your friends laughed at you and called you a square/poser/lame-stream? Remember how they were all wearing Misfits t-shirts? In fact, remember how […]

Read to Me

Mar, 03 2014 | no responses

by Jayla Rae Ardelean, Colorado Review editorial assistant Reading a story, essay, or poem on the page and feeling my eyes trail line by line is a revered act, almost as much as the construction of those lines by the writer themselves. I contract a certain commitment with the page, and if it’s good, I […]

Letter to a Young Editor

Feb, 21 2014 | no responses

by Steven Schwartz, Fiction Editor, Colorado Review I had just started as an assistant professor in 1984 at Colorado State University and was editing an issue of Colorado Review (called Colorado State Review back then). I wrote to Raymond Carver because I knew him a little from when I’d been a graduate student in the […]

In the News: New Books, Old Books and Banned Books

Feb, 20 2014 | no responses

by Shoaib Alam, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant The Internet is aflutter this week with news of new books that will be coming out this year. Haruki Murakami’s novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is expected to be a big hit in the US when it comes out in English this fall  (translated […]

In Defense of Attending Readings

Feb, 14 2014 | no responses

by Josh Randall, Colorado Review editorial assistant The first literary reading I attended was in a small coffee shop with one amp and one mic. My high school literary magazine, NHS Lit (we were very avant-garde), invited students who had submitted work to read in front of other anxious, still pimply high school students considered […]

AWP Impending

Jan, 29 2014 | no responses

by Kaelyn Riley, Colorado Review Associate Editor   One day when I was in the fifth grade, my English teacher, Mr. Frye, assembled the class for a creative writing activity. On the whiteboard in his impeccable teacher cursive, he’d written a single line: The rooster sounded a cry of impending doom when… My task: finish the story. […]

The Queue, Writerly Terror, and Bolaño’s 2666

Jan, 23 2014 | no responses

by Cornelius Fitzpatrick, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant   Here at Colorado Review, our word for the infinite file of submissions is “the queue.” In my mind the mundane word has taken on a particular meaning, has grown a shadow. Last semester was my first as an editorial assistant here, and I lived in the queue. […]

It’s Wrong but So What?

Jan, 15 2014 | one response

A Possibly Failed Defense of Book-to-Film Adaptations by Andrew Mangan, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant   I haven’t read Gone Girl, so when the news struck this week that Gillian Flynn and David Fincher, who are doing the filmic adaptation, rewrote the third act of the story, it fell on uncaring ears. My ears. My mother’s—different […]

Stealing a Whole Dog

Dec, 12 2013 | no responses

by Ben Findlay, Colorado Review Associate Editor. “So many activities!” [1] I’ve taken on a variety of responsibilities during my time as an assistant and associate editor at the Center for Literary Publishing. I’ve read submissions, designed book covers, typeset issues of the magazine, and lots of other activities that have helped me develop a […]

Interview with Edward Hamlin, 2013 Nelligan Prize Winner

Dec, 07 2013 | one response

Colorado Review Associate Editor Anitra Ingham talks with Edward Hamlin about his prize-winning story, “Night in Erg Chebbi,” which you can read here.   Anitra Ingham: What inspired “Night in Erg Chebbi”? That is, how did the story originate? Edward Hamlin: I’ve been fascinated for some time with two themes that come together in the […]

The Art of Creative Science Writing: A Conversation with Gerald N. Callahan

Nov, 21 2013 | no responses

by Samantha Tucker Iacovetto, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant As a creative nonfiction writer, I am constantly searching for new ways to write about realities, both my own, and others. Whether I am writing literary journalism, memoir, or personal essay—or reading all that the genre entails here at Colorado Review—I find the key to rich nonfiction […]

November Podcast: Regina Drexler’s “Landslide”

Nov, 21 2013 | no responses

You know, I thought about switching up the music on this edition of Selections from Colorado Review. I thought, You know what’ll really get everyone all bent out of shape? If I put Christmas music on the podcast before Thanksgiving. That’ll really get ’em riled up. Anyone who has ever blogged professionally knows that riled […]

Step Away from the Keyboard, Please: Thoughts on Process

Nov, 13 2013 | no responses

by Karen Montgomery Moore, Colorado Review editorial assistant The second week in November is a moment of limbo, a brief window in which time seems to slow, almost as a courtesy to the chilled air molecules, before the crazed days of deadlines and holidays. Conversely, it also a time when there is a flurry of […]

Toward an Environmental Nonfiction

Nov, 06 2013 | no responses

To say the Everglades are in trouble or the Florida panther is endangered are half-truths because such statements leave us humans out of the equation. We forget that what happens to the swamp and the wild cat happens to us.

A Conversation with Jack Ridl

Oct, 29 2013 | 2 responses

Kristin Brace talks award-winning poet Jack Ridl on poetry, baseball, Stafford, and artistic influence.

The Horrible Attacking the Humble: Bret Easton Ellis on Alice Munro

Oct, 16 2013 | 26 responses

by Derek Askey, Colorado Review associate fiction editor   “Alice Munro was always an overrated writer,” claimed author Bret Easton Ellis via Twitter last week, “and now that she’s won the Nobel, she always will be.” This photo manages to capture only 1/16th of Ellis’ smugness. One has to hand it to Ellis, in the […]

Happy October!

Oct, 15 2013 | no responses

by Drew Webster, editorial assistant Well, there’s really no other way to say it. It’s October again. There’s a chill in the evening air, knitted scarves and hats are becoming more prevalent, the aspen leaves are changing, the heady pong of pumpkin spice abounds, and to us here at the Center for Literary Publishing, it […]

Ladies First!

Oct, 04 2013 | one response

by Jennifer Wisner Kelly, Fiction and Nonfiction Book Review Editor We’ve recently debuted a new approach at Colorado Review regarding our fiction and nonfiction reviews: seasonal themes. Themes serve as a lodestar for selecting from among the many titles released by small independent presses that are so worthy of being noticed, read, and lauded. For this […]

September Podcast: Jessamyn Hope’s “The Running of the Brides”

Sep, 05 2013 | no responses

Back to school, back to school, you’re not too cool to go back to school. If you’re like me, then you’re not cool at all; however, you are—for once in your life—on time for something. That’s right! It’s the return of Selections from Colorado Review. This month’s podcast features Jessamyn Hope’s essay “The Running of the […]

May Podcast: Laura Schadler reads “Reward for Bravery”

May, 01 2013 | no responses

Today, May 1, Ullr, dropped exactly forty gazillion inches of snow on Fort Collins, CO because apparently Norse gods don’t know when it’s spring already. Today, May 1, is also International Worker’s Day. Today, May 1, I am here at work (in sweatpants, but still). Apparently, today is one of those anything goes days. If […]

Kevin Goodan on Upper Level Disturbances

Apr, 26 2013 | no responses

New Books in Poetry‘s John Ebersole has a great conversation with Kevin Goodan about his growing up on the Flathead Indian Reservation, fighting fires for the US Forest Service, his time in the MFA program at UMass, and his latest book,  Upper Level Disturbances (Mountain West Poetry Series). Listen to the interview here.

Goodreads changed my life. And then it got bought by Amazon.

Apr, 09 2013 | 3 responses

Colorado Review associate editor Derek Askey shares his thoughts on, and some personal experience with, Goodreads, and its recent purchase by online bookseller Amazon.   Now that the dust has, at least marginally, settled over Amazon’s acquisition of the social-media platform Goodreads, it seems sensible to touch on how such a change might affect a small press […]

MFA Thesis Reading: Mickey Kenny, Derek Askey, and Joanna Doxey

Apr, 04 2013 | one response

MFA Thesis Reading: Mickey Kenny, Derek Askey, and Joanna Doxey by Brittany Goss, editorial assistant   On March 29, 2013, the Hatton Gallery at the CSU Visual Arts Center was packed with the friends, teachers, students, and proud family members of third-year MFA students Mickey Kenny, Derek Askey, and Joanna Doxey. Everyone came to hear […]

March Podcast: Susanna Childress reads “The Hyssop Tub”

Apr, 02 2013 | no responses

Selections from Colorado Review is not good at April Fool’s pranks. We’re so bad at it, in fact, that we can’t even get the date right. Truth be told, we’re not even that funny. We were going to totally prank you by releasing the March podcast on April 1, April Fool’s Day. Hilarious, right? But then we screwed […]

An Interview in 7 Parts with Susanna Childress

Feb, 28 2013 | 2 responses

Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Kristin George Bagdanov interviews Susanna Childress about her seven-part poem that appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Colorado Review and the March podcast. I first encountered Susanna Childress’s poems while working on a review of her second book, Entering the House of Awe (Western Michigan University Press, 2011), for Ruminate […]

January Podcast: Endi Bogue Hartigan reads “It Was a Church Then”

Jan, 30 2013 | no responses

Better late than never, right? C’mon, am I right? You know I’m right. I always am. Always. So let’s just pretend this little delay never happened. Let’s all just pretend and nobody gets hurt. No kittens, no puppies, nobody. We can all just be cool about it. And while we’re all being so cool about […]

Bookmarks 13 Dec. 2012

Dec, 13 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo Your token gift-giving link for literary friends. If you’re like me, you haven’t started shopping yet, so here’s a head start with some “elegant and pithy” posters illustrating famous quotes by writers. Suspending reader disbelief for the moment is hard but suspending reader disbelief for an entire creative world is harder. […]

Bookmarks 6 Dec. 2012

Dec, 06 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo If you like Henry Miller and long-winded metaphors that liken writing to journeys, roads, paths, and the polarization of paradise and hell, you might enjoy The Wisdom of the Heart. The elusive agent: ever so mysterious and unreachable. Six months passes after you’ve submitted a proposal and still no word. You […]

Interview with Matthew Shaer, Winner of the 2012 Nelligan Prize

Dec, 04 2012 | one response

Colorado Review Associate Editor Derek Askey interviews Matthew Shaer about his story “Ghosts,” which appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Colorado Review as the winner of the 2012 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Jane Hamilton. Read the full text of the story here, or listen to Shaer read the story on our […]

Bookmarks 26 Nov. 2012

Nov, 29 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo Home, home on the range, where the poets and writers play…okay, the Front Range (Denver, FoCo, Boulder area) is hosting readings this weekend featuring Dan Beachy-Quick, Elizabeth Robinson, Tina Brown and Sasha Steensen, among others. A map of events for your literary weekend. A robot that scans 250 pages a minute […]

Bookmarks 15 Nov. 2012

Nov, 15 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo If you haven’t realized it already, dialogue is perhaps the most complicated element of creative writing. Read “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” and the underlying meaning behind speech is apparent. Contrary to common advice, short story writer Thomas Lee argues it’s not possible to write what you […]

Bookmarks 08 Nov. 2012

Nov, 08 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo In the spirit of the 2012 lively, civilized and productive presidential election, The Poetry Foundation has matched former presidents with their poetic inspirations. Looking at these photographs, perhaps Roosevelt simply admired Robinson for his similar taste in spectacles and mustaches. Canadian artist, Guy Laramee, sculpts mind-blowing landscapes from volumes of books. […]

November Podcast: Matthew Shaer reads “Ghosts”

Nov, 03 2012 | no responses

Dear friends, Did you accidentally eat yourself into a Halloween candy coma this week? If so, don’t worry about it. It’s not your fault. It was bound to happen. That said, gosh do I have just the thing for you! What better to accompany you on the couch in your gastronomical misery than the November […]

Bookmarks 01 Nov. 2012

Nov, 01 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo With the intention of prolonging Halloween so as not to be bombarded by Christmas carols and holiday shopping coupons: a montage of vintage horror paperbacks. Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, says you should pay attention to short stories–no, really? What’s next? Mary Karr writes country music? Well, yes. Nearly […]

The Dreaded Cover Letter: A Colorado Review Primer

Oct, 26 2012 | 2 responses

By Abby Hill, Editorial Assistant   There’s a lot of advice out there about how to write a cover letter when submitting to a literary journal. Some journals will be specific about the information they want, and some will simply just ask for a cover letter. Whether you’re submitting online or through the mail to […]

Bookmarks 25 Oct. 2012

Oct, 25 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo Wolverine Farm is now accepting nominations for 2013 Fort Collins Poet Laureate–nominate yourself! In honor of the World Series game two, Ron Silliman meditates on poetics in baseball. Halloween recommendation reads are typically Frankenstein and anything by Stephen King–red rum. But if you want something new to keep you up at […]

Bookmarks 18 Oct. 2012

Oct, 18 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo An exhausting, if not exhaustive, meta-list of writing rules from writers including Margaret Atwood’s “Do back exercises,” and “Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.” In the helpful spirit, Kurt Vonnegut gives eight tips in his own voice, such as […]

October Podcast: William Torrey reads “The Common Era”

Oct, 11 2012 | no responses

Well, kids, it’s October. Before you get all excited about dressing up, down, or sideways in your fancy Halloween costumes at the end of the month, I think we all need to sit down and have a talk. First off, eat your vegetables. It’s important. Second, we need to address a serious lack of culture […]

We Want Your Fiction!

Oct, 10 2012 | 2 responses

After a year on the job, our fiction editor, Steven Schwartz, offers some reflections on submitting stories.   Reasons we accept stories: You had us at the title. (Okay, the first sentence.)  * Not a cliché to be found, not even close; indeed, the authority of the voice feels immune to the very idea of […]

Bookmarks 11 Oct. 2012

Oct, 09 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo Chicago designer Jenny Volvoski reads a book and re-creates its cover art with challenging color and type limitations. While a theme of green, black, and white unifies the covers into a series, “Cover to Cover,” each cover is imagined in the individual likeness of its story. After hemming and hawing and […]


Oct, 04 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo Hang on to your hats:  After cryptically tip-toeing around with Gathering Blue and The Messenger, Lois Lowry has at last written a sequel to The Giver, the dystopian young adult novel that first captured our hearts for euthanasia and terror regimes in sixth grade. Behold Son. There are so many avenues […]

Bookmarks 10/2/2012

Oct, 02 2012 | one response

Gathered by Mandi Casolo J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, released on Sept. 26th. If you didn’t preorder it, shame on you. The Daily Beast gives a first look into the “viciousness of Rowling’s new fictional village.”   “Literary Buroughs”, a Ploughshares series’ exploring the local literary community, highlights Great Falls, MT: where […]

Bookmarks 9/20/2012

Sep, 20 2012 | no responses

Gathered by Mandi Casolo If you’re in or near the Big Apple, make sure you swing by the Brooklyn Book Fest this weekend, September 23rd. It’s like a rock concert of writers: Joyce Carol Oates, Billy Collins, and Tony Danza, oh my! Brooklyn Book Fest banners are displayed on the columns of the NYPL in […]

September Podcast: James Henry Knippen reads “Attic”

Sep, 12 2012 | no responses

Well, kids, it’s back to school season, which can mean only one thing: it’s time for me to box up all of my white Ocean Pacific T-shirts and store them upstairs in the attic until spring. And speaking of attics, hey, James Henry Knippen was kind enough to record his poem “Attic” for Selections from […]

June Podcast: Andrea Dupree reads “Lineage”

Jun, 05 2012 | no responses

The air conditioning in my car is broken, and the Miami Heat are in the NBA playoffs. That can only mean two things: it’s getting warmer, and my life is a little unfortunate right now. If you’re like me and can’t stand the heat, not only should you get out of the kitchen, you should […]

May podcast double creature feature: Rachel Galvin & Andy Nicholson

May, 23 2012 | no responses

We took a month off, and we’re sorry. We took a month off because we had to, because we sat on the couch too long and ate too many Cheetos—whole bags of them at a time—and the comfortable couch and delicious snacks made us doughy and lazy. And for that, we’re sorry. But sometime around […]

Colorado Review Digital Issue (PDF)

Apr, 23 2012 | no responses

Digital friends, we’re pleased to announce that the Spring 2012 edition of Colorado Review is now also available in digital format, in addition to our beautiful print format. The digital issue features all of the great content of the print edition. It comes in a tagged Adobe PDF that is compatible with Adobe Acrobat and […]

Poetry Submissions Closed for the Summer

Apr, 10 2012 | no responses

Dear poets, Due to a recent influx in submissions, we’ve closed our poetry submissions early for the year. Fiction submissions will remain open until our usual deadline of April 30. Nonfiction submissions are read and accepted year-round. We respect the hard work you put into your craft, and we would feel terrible guilt at not […]

March Podcast: John Gallaher reads “Where They Feed Their Children to Kings”

Mar, 26 2012 | one response

No foolin’. Selections from Colorado Review doesn’t pull pranks or play practical jokes. We’re not going to jerk you around by flushing the toilet when you’re in the shower or pretending we got engaged last weekend to that guy you don’t like. We’re here to bring you great poetry and prose from Colorado Review, and that’s […]

The Professionalization of Writing at Colorado Review

Mar, 20 2012 | 2 responses

Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Derek Askey, citing author Cathy Day’s blog, outlines the discussion on professionalization in MFA programs, relating his experiences with the Center for Literary Publishing.

February Podcast: Michelle Hoover reads “Our Little Bertha”

Feb, 28 2012 | no responses

Everyone knows the best holiday in February is on the 28. Everyone. Even Tina knows it, and she’s still non-ironically wearing Hypercolor shirts. Because Selections from Colorado Review is hip and cool and alternative and in-the-know, we waited until this exact date to release our February podcast where, by clicking this link, you can hear […]

Laynie Browne, reading for mid-December podcast

Dec, 21 2011 | no responses

This is a bonus episode of  “Selections from Colorado Review.” Do not be alarmed by its presence. Do not attempt to fight it. Do not attempt to destroy it immediately lest it destroy you first, because by waiting long enough you will be able to confirm that it has no designs on destroying you at […]

Interview with Martin Cozza

Dec, 20 2011 | one response

Colorado Review Editorial Assistant (and Pennsylvania native) Derek Askey interviews Martin Cozza about his story “Pennsylvania Polka,” which appeared in the Summer 2010 issue (an excerpt follows this interview)   Derek Askey: Among so many other things, what “Pennsylvania Polka” does well is capture (and in many ways hinges upon) its setting. What prompted the […]

December podcast: “Beautiful Souls” by Joan Leegant

Dec, 05 2011 | 2 responses

“Selections from Colorado Review” must deliver fresh poetry and prose every month to its listeners and readers of Colorado Review. This isn’t a want thing, or a desire thing—it is a biologically-compelled-to-do-it thing, lest it suffer an unbearable and possibly fatal poetry and prose backup, which can be painful. Some people might find that fact […]

November Podcast: Caroline Arden’s “Yolo County”

Nov, 04 2011 | no responses

Look, “Selections from Colorado Review” has a few ground rules if you and it are going to take this relationship seriously—just before you get any ideas, okay? SFCR is in this to provide you, the internet-savvy, literature-loving consumer, with fresh poetry and prose from the pages of Colorado Review every month. That’s it. So no […]

October Podcast: Andrew D. Cohen’s “Boys School”

Oct, 07 2011 | one response

Listen—a clatterin’ in the distance. The cattle were restless today; that old sheepdog gave a plaintive howl. “I know this sound,” murmured Ole Sal. “‘Tis ‘Selections from Colorado Review‘, the cattle-rustlinest podcast ever to deliver fresh poetry and prose from Colorado Review round these parts. Reckon by the sound of it they brought some nonfiction […]

Interview with Steven Schwartz, our new fiction editor

Sep, 09 2011 | 3 responses

The Wonder of It By Lauren Gullion, Associate Editor I recently sat down with fiction writer, Colorado State University creative writing professor, and Warren Wilson MFA faculty member Steven Schwartz to discuss his new role as fiction editor here at Colorado Review. The conversation—meant to be about Steven—quickly evolved into an enthralling contemplation on fiction […]

September podcast: Leslie Johnson’s “Other Lives”

Sep, 09 2011 | no responses

If you have been meaning to read Leslie Johnson’s “Other Lives,” from the Spring 2011 issue, but have for several months now had your efforts foiled by a series of eyeglasses-related accidents, each one more tragic than the last, hang up on your emergency optometrist: the very first fiction episode of “Selections from Colorado Review” […]

Three Cups of Veritas: A Review of

Jul, 01 2011 | no responses

A cross-post from Brevity’s nonfiction blog by Colorado Review alumnus R. B. Moreno, now a doctoral student at the University of South Dakota’s creative writing program. Moreno’s other work can be found online at Here’s a thought.’s debut nonfiction stems from several American wars. And for good reason. So often this is “the most powerful way in human […]

June’s Podcast: 2 Poems from Katherine Factor

Jun, 21 2011 | no responses

By Dan Moore Fans of poetry read by its authors and would-be mycophiliacs take heed: June’s “Selections from Colorado Review” has been released upon an unsuspecting internet, primarily because the internet has come to expect “Selections from Colorado Review” on the first Friday of every month. To make up for startling the internet like that, […]

May 6, 2011 Podcast: Natalie Eilbert

May, 06 2011 | no responses

Dan Moore, Colorado Review Editorial Assistant and Podcast Editor   It is the first Friday of the month, and it is our goal as nascent podcasters and glossers-over of B. F. Skinner to condition Colorado Review readers to associate that particularly joyous occasion with the release of another episode of “Selections from Colorado Review,” the […]

It’s Always Nonfiction Season at Colorado Review

May, 06 2011 | one response

As noted in our guidelines, Colorado Review closes its submission period on April 30 and re-opens on August 1. Starting this spring, however, we’re reading nonfiction year-round. It’s not that we don’t love fiction and poetry—we do!—but we just don’t get enough nonfiction. Between August 2010 and today, 54.74% of the online submissions have been […]

An Interview with Robert Boswell

May, 05 2011 | one response

Colorado Review’s Managing Editor, Merrill Shane Jones, interviews Robert Boswell about his story “Destroy This,” which appears in the Spring 2011 issue (an excerpt follows this interview). Merrill Shane Jones: How did “Destroy This” come about? Can you talk a bit about the process? Robert Boswell: I don’t actually remember how I got started on […]

Colorado Review Now Podcasting

Apr, 13 2011 | one response

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Dan Moore Consider, if you will, some of the situations in which it is typically dangerous to read a literary journal: while driving, while jogging,  while attempting to impress all your new-media friends with your casual disdain for paper content-delivery systems. For these scenarios, among others, we at Colorado Review […]

Interview with Shannon Cain

Apr, 12 2011 | one response

Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Nicholas Maistros interviews Shannon Cain, author of “Juniper Beach,” which appears in the Spring 2011 issue of CR Photo by Sarah Prall Nicholas Maistros: “Juniper Beach” is the story of a woman who spontaneously purchases an RV and embarks on a journey across the country. As a reader, I appreciated the […]

Cooking with the Skloots: Veal Italienne “Sklootini”

Apr, 11 2011 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Sarah Lin A few months ago, while in the middle of production for the Spring 2011 issue of Colorado Review, I was delighted to find myself reading for the first time Floyd Skloot‘s nonfiction piece “The Famous Recipe.” The essay details Skloot’s exploration of an intriguing, never-before-seen recipe authored by […]

Whatcha Readin’?

Apr, 05 2011 | no responses

With spring upon us and the end of the academic year almost in sight, the editors at Colorado Review have been seeking inspiration and enlightenment in our reading lists to give us that final push through to the close of the semester.

I Didn’t Read It, But I Saw the Movie

Mar, 31 2011 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Nicholas Maistros I found myself in line for the opening of the latest Harry Potter movie. The woman in front of me was anxiously reading the book version of the film we were about to see, saying to anyone who’d listen things like, “Oh, they better get it right” or […]

Never-Better or Better-Never?

Mar, 30 2011 | no responses

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Nicholas Maistros In a recent New Yorker article, “The Information: How the Internet Gets Inside Us,” Adam Gopnik chronicles the debate between the two camps who’ve amassed since the Internet boom: the Never-Betters, those who “believe that we’re on the brink of a new utopia, where information will be made […]

So I Got My MFA . . . Am I a Writer Yet?

Mar, 29 2011 | one response

By Colorado Review Editorial Assistant Nicholas Maistros In a recent online interview with the Paris Review, novelist Michael Cunningham had this to say in response to the ongoing debate over the necessity of MFA programs: “Few people question artists going to art school, or musicians going to music school. There’s some strange romance about the […]

Timing It Right: Balancing Social Media & Our Love of Literature

Mar, 25 2011 | no responses

By Colorado Review Associate Editor Lauren Gullion Earlier this week, I wrote here to make my case in defense of Twitter as a viable tool for authors and other literary types. As we move into the weekend, I thought I’d offer up some tips on how we can engage in the social media game without […]

An Interview with Katherine Hill

Mar, 22 2011 | no responses

Colorado Review Associate Editor Lauren Gullion interviews Katherine Hill, winner of the 2010 Nelligan Prize for her story “Waste Management” (selected by Andrea Barrett).

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

Mar, 21 2011 | no responses

Twitter turned 5 years old this past Saturday (March 19). In recognition of this marker, NPR ran a story covering the platform’s background as well as the role it’s played in recent political movements around the world. But does Twitter play a worthwhile role in the literary world?

Tournament of Books

Mar, 18 2011 | no responses

The Tournament of Books reached the end of its first round this weekend. That means it’s too late to get your bracket into the money at your office pool, but there’s still time to follow along with literature’s premier (mostly) single-elimination tournament of champions.

An Interview with Rusty Morrison

Mar, 08 2011 | one response

Colorado Review Associate Editor Felicia Zamora interviews Rusty Morrison, co-publisher of Omnidawn and winner of (among numerous other prizes) the 2004 Colorado Prize for Poetry for her collection Whethering. Two of Morrison’s new poems, “Inventions” and “Necessities,” appear in the soon-to-be-available spring 2011 issue of Colorado Review.

And Away We Go…

Mar, 07 2011 | no responses

Bicyclists and our winged friends aren’t the only ones eager for spring. The beginning of March brings deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. It’s a full on smorgasbord of competitions for writers of all genres.

An Interview with Peggy Shinner

Mar, 03 2011 | no responses

Colorado Review Editorial Assistant R. B. Moreno interviews Peggy Shinner, whose essay “Leopold and Shinner” appears in our Fall/Winter 2010 issue (an excerpt from this essay follows the interview).

New Offering from NewPages

Feb, 24 2011 | no responses

Enter LitPak, a rather nifty service from NewPages that debuted earlier this month. Here, available for viewing or download from a single page, are nearly two dozen PDFs advertising contests and calls for submission pertaining to February.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction: Deadline Approaching

Feb, 21 2011 | no responses

We want to remind the fiction writers out there that the deadline for the 2011 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is approaching: March 11. The writer of the winning story will receive $1,500, and the story will be published in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Colorado Review. Ron Carlson is the final judge. See complete […]

It’s Poetry Season

Dec, 13 2010 | no responses

The 2011 Colorado Prize for Poetry, judged by Cole Swensen, is underway! We are accepting book-length poetry manuscripts now through the deadline of January 14, 2011. The author of the winning manuscript will receive $1,500 and the book will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing (that’s us!). And guess what! For the first […]

Please Stop Saying That Word

Dec, 07 2010 | one response

Years ago,  when he was an intern here, Christopher Arigo (author of Lit interim and In the archives) came up with a list of his most disliked words used in poems. We don’t have that list anymore, but I clearly remember two words from it: gossamer and diaphanous. It’s no longer possible for me to […]

Birth Announcement: The Mountain West Poetry Series

Nov, 22 2010 | no responses

With the very generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Literary Publishing will soon launch a new book series, the Mountain West Poetry Series. This series features poets who live in the Mountain West (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico). The first four titles in the […]

You Adopt Babies, Highways, and Puppies—Why Not a Literary Magazine?

Nov, 21 2010 | no responses

Colorado Review is among the many literary magazines in this excellent program launched by our good friends and supporters at CLMP: The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) is rolling out an expanded catalogue for its Lit Mag Adoption Program for Creative Writing Courses. This program offers discounted subscriptions for selected literary magazines to […]

Extreme Makeover

Nov, 20 2010 | no responses

Our web site has been given a major makeover, thanks to the Talented Mr. Nolte, the web designer for CSU’s College of Liberal Arts (and a former CLP intern). You may recognize Drew’s work from such book covers as Brenda Is in the Room, The Lesser Fields, and Annulments.  You can find more of his […]