|Publisher||Houghton Library, Harvard University|
In 1986 Stratis Haviaras, then Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room of the Harvard College Library, founded a quarterly periodical called Erato. The purpose of this publication was to publicize the activities of the Poetry Room and create a new forum for discussion of current literary matters and events. The first issue of Erato, which was four pages long, featured a poem by Seamus Heaney, a short piece on Louis Simpson, and a news item from Harvard University Press. Tipped into the issue were three loose-leaf pages of book reviews, including reviews of works by Joseph Brodsky, Marguerite Duras, and Richard Ford.
Within three years the book review section had grown to over thirty pages and the publication was renamed Harvard Book Review. In 1992 Haviaras launched Harvard Review, a perfect-bound journal of over 200 pages, published semi-annually and incorporating the old Harvard Book Review. The purpose of the new journal was to foster the work of new writers, provide a forum for criticism of new literary works, and present the finest poetry and short fiction being written. In 2000 Haviaras retired from Harvard and Christina Thompson was appointed editor. At the same time, Houghton Library assumed administrative responsibility for the review.
Contributors to the journal include:
Andre Aciman, recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award
Sherman Alexie, recipient of an American Book Award
John Ashbery, recipient of a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Blake Bailey, recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award
Mary Jo Bang, poet
Robert Creeley, recipient of a Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Sven Birkerts, editor of literary journal AGNI
Robert Bly, recipient of a National Book Award for Poetry
Jim Crace, recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award
Nick Flynn, recipient of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry
Jorie Graham, Boylston Professor at Harvard and recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Paul Harding, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Seamus Heaney, Nobel laureate
Alice Hoffman, novelist
Miranda July, film director, screenwriter, actress, author and artist
Jhumpa Lahiri, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Nam Le, recipient of a Dylan Thomas Prize
David Mamet, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize
Thomas McGuane, author, screenwriter and essayist
Arthur Miller, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Joyce Carol Oates, recipient of a National Book Award and two O. Henry Awards
Robert Pinsky, poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator
John Updike, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize
Gore Vidal, author, screenwriter and essayist
David Foster Wallace, novelist, short story writer and essayist
Recent selections have been anthologized in: The Best American Essays 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2010; Best American Poetry 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014; Best American Short Stories 2003, 2005, and 2010; Best American Mystery Stories 2006 and 2013; Best New Poets 2008; Best Canadian Short Stories 2013; The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014, and Pushcart Prize Anthology 2001, 2004, 2012,and 2013.
In 2009 the review launched a new online edition of the journal, Harvard Review Online.