Boulevard (magazine)

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Editor Richard Burgin
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Biannual
Publisher Saint Louis University
First issue 1985
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0885-9337
OCLC number 61313363

Boulevard is a biannual literary magazine. It has been called "one of the half-dozen best literary journals" by Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


The magazine was established in 1985[1] by Richard Burgin, who served as editor-in-chief through 2015.[2] In 1991 the magazine began to be published by Drexel University in Philadelphia where Richard Burgin taught. In the fall of 1996, Burgin moved to St. Louis and St. Louis University became its publisher, until the magazine became independent in 2013.

Poet Charles Simic has called it one of the eight best literary magazines in America.[3] In a 2003 interview, Burgin said, "My suspicion, especially of many MFA writers, is that they are writing what they think will get published and are not sufficiently interested in exploring the form. [...] In Boulevard's slush pile, I find very little experimentation in form and structure. The stuff is tame. I see very little experimentation in point of view, in language. The subject matter is generally politically correct. Political correctness is the most noxious disease and enemy of the literary artist of our current time."[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

The magazine has won city, state, and national grants and awards. Many poems, stories and essays are reprinted in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry series, The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Essays.[2]


  1. ^ "Top 50 Literary Magazines". Every Writer. October 10, 2017. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Richard Burgin: Interview with Eric Miles Williamson in Pleiades, a journal of new writing". Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-02-01.  Interview conducted by Eric Miles Williamson, summer 2003, and Robin Theiss, summer 2005. The Williamson portion first appeared in Pleiades, 2004, vol. 24, no. 2.
  3. ^ The New York Review of Books. July 2, 2003.[full citation needed]

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