January 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm

New Ohio Review Expands Reputation as Top Literary Journal

The year 2015 proved a good one for New Ohio Review, the national literary journal of Ohio University’s Creative Writing program.

Its contributors secured multiple “Best American” anthology appearances and numerous online recognitions, further evidence that NOR continues to be regarded as a go-to journal for emerging and prestigious writers. Here are some of the highlights:

Kevin Canty’s story, “Happy Endings,” first appearing in issue #15, was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2015, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October. Canty, whose story tells of a recent widower who finds himself at a crossroads, also writes for The New Yorker. Issue #15 also featured Miles Harvey’s nonfiction piece, “At the Grave of Sadie Thorpe,” which was listed as a Notable Essay in 2015’s The Best American Essays.

NOR18In addition, a poem featured in issue #16 by Bethany Schultz Hurst, “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Issues 1-12,” was selected by Sherman Alexie for inclusion in 2015’s Best American Poetry series.

The rare trifecta of recognition in these annual best-of anthologies is a fitting conclusion to the accomplished, eight-year editorship of Dr. Jill Allyn Rosser, Associate Professor of English at OHIO, who will remain as an associate poetry editor. Under Rosser’s guidance, the magazine grew in notoriety and readership, winning numerous Pushcart Prizes and becoming known for its mix of smart, accessible poetry and lucid, challenging prose.

Dr. David Wanczyk of the English department has been named the new editor.

“We have an amazing foundation at NOR thanks to Jill, Mark Halliday, the English Department, and our contributors,” Wanczyk said. “And our goal in 2016 is to do what we’ve always done: publish the best literature by new and established authors, and keep OHIO as a strong voice in the literary conversation.”

Recent work in New Ohio Review, including “Harping,” by Judy Rowe Michaels, and Gregory Djanikian’s “Banality” (both from issue #17), was featured on the well-known poetry site, Verse Daily, in September.

New Ohio Review, a biannual publication of Ohio University’s Creative Writing Program, publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and feature articles.

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