Colorado Review Summer 2012

There’s no denying a certain fascination with the extreme—stories of grand-scale fortune, loss, celebrity, infamy, adventure, depravity, and redemption. But often the more resonant stories reside not in the extreme, but between its polarities, or at its threshold. Carole Firstman’s “Liminal Scorpions” articulates the thread of in-betweenness running through this issue’s essays and stories: liminality […]

Colorado Review Spring 2012

In fiction, we like to watch people work their way through difficult situations, and so writers create interesting characters—sometimes likeable, sometimes not, sometimes a little of both—and place them in trying circumstances or, as others have described it, visit trouble upon them. It’s one thing, though, for people to struggle with each other in private, […]

Colorado Review Fall/Winter 2011

Eight years ago, with encouragement and sponsorship from longtime supporters Steven Schwartz and Emily Hammond, Colorado Review established the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, in memory of Liza Nelligan, a Colorado State University alumna who became a gifted and beloved editor of literary fiction. The prize celebrates Liza’s life, her accomplishments, and her many contributions […]

Colorado Review Fall 2010

Now in its seventh year, the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction gives us cause for bittersweet celebration; established in memory of Liza Nelligan—a classmate, student, teacher, colleague, and friend of many here in the English Department at Colorado State—it reminds us of our loss. But by honoring her passion for literary fiction through this prize, […]

Colorado Review Summer 2010

In the summer’s heat, in the season of cross-country road trips, three-day-weekend visits, and family reunions, we sometimes desire a little distance from one another, a bit of space, a spot of shade. And yet the thread running through this issue’s prose is one of human connection. In Candice Morrow’s “Touch,” a couple and a […]

Colorado Review Spring 2010

Featured among this issue’s essays, Jessica McCaughey’s “Aligning the Internal Compass” delves into the mysteries of why some of us are adept at finding our way in this world while others struggle to get from here to there—with or without a map. This piece echoes themes and variations in the other essays and stories here: […]