Writing & the Writing Life

William Cullen Bryant and the North American Review

One of the most famous poems ever to be published in the North American Review was William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis,” which appeared in the magazine’s pages in 1817 (5.15 September … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · 6 Comments

Washington Irving and the North American Review

Shortly after his return to the United States from seventeen years abroad, Washington Irving, best known for his short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle,” published … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS Dates: June 11–13, 2015 Location: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA Keynotes: Martín Espada, Patricia Hampl, Steven Schwartz The North American Review, the longest-lived literary magazine … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Congratulations, Vince Gotera!

I just learned today that my friend and editorial colleague Vince Gotera has won third place in the Non-Rhyming Poetry category in Writer’s Digest Annual Competition.  You can check out … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 1 Comment


There are a lot of online literary magazines out there, and it seems that more and more are popping up every day. It’s pretty easy nowadays to start one up. … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Three NAR Contributors Win PEN Center USA Awards!

I’m excited that three recent North American Review contributors have won 2013 PEN Center USA awards. Amanda Auchter won in the poetry category for her book The Wishing Tomb (Perugia Press). Her … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thank You, Springfield!

Yesterday I received a lovely thank-you note from Jennie Battles, the site administrator of the Vachel Lindsay home, in Springfield, Illinois, where I read some of my poetry a couple … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Julianne Couch, Final Thursday Reading

I’m looking forward to next week’s reading by Julianne Couch, author of Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy. The book is part of the … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

2013 Hearst Prize

The North American Review is accepting submissions for the 2013 Hearst Prize. We’re thrilled that this year’s final judge is Mary Swander.

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lake Shore Limited

A video poem published by Silenced Press. This video was edited on iMovie, footage shot on my iPhone, and  music  recorded  using the SoundPrism iPad app,

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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