For more than fifty years, the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro has published The Greensboro Review. The journal began in 1966, when students in the first years of the MFA wanted a place to publish their creative work. With $500 from the Chancellor—“an amount that hardly covered the cost of printing 500 copies,” according to Robert Watson, poet and co-founder of the MFA program—students and faculty used the campus duplicating shop to print the debut issue, then collated it by hand. Greensboro painter Betty Watson designed the logo that is still in use today.
The mission of the journal quickly shifted from “a house organ for our MFA students,” and the Review began to publish writers like Ezra Pound and Joyce Carol Oates. But as longtime editor Jim Clark described, “the GR has always taken the most joy in publishing work by new writers at the beginning of their careers, and we are proud to include in this group such writers as Lewis Nordan, Yusef Komunyakaa, William Matthews, Alan Shapiro, Charles Simic, and Dave Smith.” In 1984, the GR established its Literary Awards thanks to an anonymous donor, and these prizes led to a more global following. Works from the journal are consistently included in the Pushcart Prize anthologies, Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, New Stories from the South, and other collections honoring the finest writing by both established and emerging voices.
Today, the GR continues to be faculty- and student-run, and our editors regularly showcase writers whose work may be risk-taking or overlooked.
As of 2019, the journal is proud to partner with the University of North Carolina Press for publishing and distribution.
“The pages of the Review have been filled with some of the most outrageous barnstormers, chicken killers, schoolyard psychics, and circus performers. We publish stories about finding Eden and the fabled fruit of knowledge, about men transporting truckloads of penguins, about evil spirits entering living people and causing mental illness…stories like these exemplify both the kinds of writing we look for and the editorial eye that can spot the talent others might miss.”
From Jim Clark’s final Editor’s Note
Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collection New River Breakdown. His work appears in a variety of literary journals and magazines as well as Thrush Poetry Journal: An Anthology of the First Two Years, Southern Poetry Anthology, VII: North Carolina, and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. He currently serves as Director of the MFA Writing Program at Greensboro and Editor of the online journal storySouth.
Jessie Van Rheenen is the Assistant Director of the MFA Writing Program at Greensboro. In addition to coordinating the visiting writers series, she teaches the undergraduate fiction writing sequence and courses on contemporary publishing, workplace writing, and speculative literature.
Robin Hendricks is a second-year MFA fiction candidate at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work can be found in Fall Lines – A Literary Convergence, Gravel, and elsewhere.
Evan Fackler is an MFA candidate in fiction at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he lives with his wife and their cat, Zadie. His reviews and interviews can be found at Entropy Magazine and storySouth.
Patricia Patterson is an MFA fiction candidate at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work has appeared in [PANK], Longleaf Review, wildness, and elsewhere. When she’s not writing or crafting, she enjoys hanging out with some of her most loyal companions: the birds.
Julia Edwards is a poet/writer from New York. Her work has appeared in Bat City Review, Brooklyn Magazine, Breadcrumbs Mag, and Across The Margin, among others. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Matthew Valades is a poet and MFA student at The University of North Carolina – Greensboro. His poems have been published in Subtropics and Carolina Quarterly, while a review of his has appeared in PN Review (UK).
Cortney Esco is an MFA candidate in fiction at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work has appeared in the Corn Creek Review and the Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Magazine. Originally from a farm in Georgia, she now lives in an apartment with her rescue dog, Minnie, who is the best roommate anyone could ever have.