Since 1990, the American Literary Review has been published through the Department of English at the University of North Texas. From the journal’s inception, we have made a point of publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers at all stages of their careers. Our editorial process is collaborative; as faculty, PhD students, and MA students in creative writing, we work together to bring the same intellectual rigor to our editing of ALR as we do to our analysis of texts in the classroom. In 2013 we moved online. While our format has changed, our mission remains the same. We look for writing that reveals the nuances and complexities of human experience, that surprises and moves us. Some recent contributors whose work we feel embodies these ideals include: Sam Sax, Laura  Kasischke, Marcia Aldrich, Bethany Ball, Rebecca Faust, Wayne Miller, Michael Nye, Jericho Parms, Roger Reeves, Ira Sukrungruang, and Pimone Triplett. We seek work that challenges the reader’s imagination through fresh language and precise imagery. While respecting both craft and tradition, we are also interested in hybrid forms. Above all, we aim to publish work that reflects the diverse, rich tradition of writers living here and abroad, expanding the notion of what it means to publish literature that is American.


Jehanne Dubrow

Managing Editor:
Rebecca Bernard

Production Editor:
Scott Ray

Fiction Editors:
Scott Blackwood & John Tait

Essays Editor:
Jill Talbot

oetry Editors:

Bruce Bond & Corey Marks

Assistant Poetry Editor:
Kevin West

Assistant Essays Editor:
Kat Moore

Assistant Fiction Editor:
Carly Susser 

Reviews Editor:
Joshua Jones

Interviews Editor:

Megan Arlett

Rossetti Broadside Contest Editor:
Sebastian Parámo

Poetry Contest Editor:

Brian Clifton

Essays Contest Editor:

Cassia Hameline

Fiction Contest Editors:

Colleen Mayo & Josh Zimmerer  ​

Copy Editors:

Shannon Couey & Mandy Hughes  


Megan Arlett, Claire Beeson, Yosra Bouslema, Brian Clifton, Johnathan Duckworth, Shelly Eshbaugh-Soha, Conor Flannery, Jordan Floyd, Brittany Glenn, Vince Granata, Cassia Hameline, Jason Huff, Joshua Jones, Andrew Koch, Cade Mason, Colleen Mayo, Matt Morton, Heather Myers, Aza Pace, Morgan Inigo Smith, Sarah Ulery, Kendra Vanderlip, Josh Zimmerer

Submittable Intern:

Nikki Lyssy

Editorial Assistant:

Sarah Ulery