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In 1986 Stratis Haviaras, curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University, founded a quarterly periodical called Erato. The purpose of this publication was to create a new forum for discussion of current literary matters and events. The first issue featured a poem by Seamus Heaney, a short piece on Louis Simpson, a news item from Harvard University Press, and three pages of book reviews. Within three years the book review section of Erato had grown to over thirty pages and the publication was renamed Harvard Book Review. In 1992 Haviaras relaunched the publication as Harvard Review, a perfect-bound journal of over 200 pages published semi-annually out of the Harvard College Library. 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 a selection of the best new poetry and short fiction being written. In 2000 Haviaras retired from Harvard University and Christina Thompson (formerly the editor of the Australian journal Meanjin) was appointed as editor.
Contributors to Harvard Review include John Ashbery, recipient of a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Paul Harding, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Jhumpa Lahiri, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Robert Bly, recipient of a National Book Award for Poetry; John Updike, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Gore Vidal, author, screenwriter and essayist; Arthur Miller, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Joyce Carol Oates, recipient of a National Book Award for Fiction; Jorie Graham, Boylston recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; David Mamet, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama; and many other writers.
Since 2000, selections from Harvard Review have been anthologized in the 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2010 editions of The Best American Essays; the 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best American Poetry; and the 2003, 2005, and 2010 editions of The Best American Short Stories; as well as editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.
In 2009 Harvard Review launched an online edition of the journal.
- "Top 50 Literary Magazine". EWR. Retrieved August 17, 2015.