The Alaska Quarterly Review is a biannual literary journal founded in 1982 by Ronald Spatz and James Liszka at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ronald Spatz serves as editor-in-chief. Deemed by the Washington Post "Book World" as "one of the nation's best literary magazines," a number of works originally published in Alaska Quarterly Review have been subsequently selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Beacon Best, and The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses.
Notable writers who have contributed to this journal include Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley, Pushcart Prize winner Ira Sadoff and PEN/Hemingway Award recipient Jennifer Haigh. More recent contributors of note include Peter Selgin, Aryn Kyle, Karen Brown, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Matt Clark, Darrin Doyle, Alicia Gifford, Ann Harleman, Christien Gholson, Alison Baker, Jacob M. Appel, John Gamel, Mary Stewart Atwell, Kirstin Allio, Henri Cole, United States Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, Lorraine M. Lopez, and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. Contributing editors include former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Stuart Dischell, Stuart Dybek, Nancy Eimers, Patricia Hampl, Amy Hempel (the most recent guest editor), Jane Hirshfield, Dorianne Laux, Pulitzer Prize winner Maxine Kumin, Dan O'Brien, Pattiann Rogers, Michael Ryan, and Peggy Shumaker.
- ^ Magazine With an Imprint: Alaska Quarterly Review Survives, Anchorage Daily News, April 19, 1992.