The Alaska Quarterly Review

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The Alaska Quarterly Review  
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Discipline literary journal
Language English
Edited by Ronald Spatz
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Publication history
Frequency Biannual
ISSN 0737-268X

The Alaska Quarterly Review is a biannual literary journal founded in 1980[1] 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," The Alaska Quarterly Review is one of America's premier literary magazines and a source of powerful new voices. A number of works originally published in 'The 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 Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Beacon Best, and The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses.[2]

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, Darrin Doyle, Karen Brown, Aryn Kyle, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Matt Clark, 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 , Jane Hirshfield, Dorianne Laux, Pattiann Rogers, Michael Ryan, Peggy Shumaker, Benjamin J. Spatz, and Elizabeth Bradfield. The late Grace Paley and Maxine Kumin were also long-term contributing editors.

Pulitzer Prize winning critic, Michael Dirda wrote in The New York Review of Books that The Alaska Quarterly Review "remains one of our best, and most imaginative, literary magazines".

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  1. ^ "Alaska Quarterly Review". New Pages. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Magazine With an Imprint: Alaska Quarterly Review Survives, Anchorage Daily News, April 19, 1992.

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