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.
“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 with an emphasis on workplace writing, speculative literature, and flash fiction.
Emily Morris is an MFA candidate in fiction at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Elephant Journal and Reservoir. She is from Charlottesville, Virginia.
Rose Himber Howse is a current MFA candidate in fiction at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her nonfiction and interviews have been featured on Dead Darlings, GrubStreet Boston’s site for novelists. She is currently at work on her first novel, The Stones They Broke, a queer Appalachian story. Before pursuing her MFA, she taught high school English and adult literacy.
Richard Moriarty moved to Greensboro from his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a second-year MFA candidate at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is at work on a collection of stories. He believes that Bull Durham is not only the best baseball movie but also one of the best movies period.
Jabar Boykin is a Greensboro native and poet who currently attends UNCG as a student in the Creative Writing MFA Program. He is already an alumnus of UNCG, where he completed his BA in English in 2017, and is currently an editor of The Greensboro Review and a teaching intern within UNCG’s English department. After the graduate program Jabar plans to get his PhD in African American Literature.
Michael Pittard is a second-year MFA student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His poems and reviews have appeared in such publications as Tupelo Quarterly and Red Flag Poetry. He lives in Greensboro with his cat, Roosevelt.
Shuvam Kabir is an editor, digital consultant, and aspiring writer. He earned his BA in English from the University of Tennessee. He is currently studying for his MFA in Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he works as a consultant and editing assistant at the Digital ACT Studio. A long-time resident of northeast Tennessee, he currently considers Greensboro home. His other creative endeavors include: annoying his neighbors with the harmonica, and accidentally getting acrylic paint all over the new carpets.