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December 21, 2018 at 8:20 am

New Ohio Review Has Record Year, Goes More ‘New,’ More ‘Ohio’

New Ohio Review Issue 24 cover

New Ohio Review Issue 24

by Dr. Dave Wanczyk, editor of New Ohio Review, and Tom Tiberio, managing editor of New Ohio Review

This year, New Ohio Review grew markedly. In addition to our print issues 23 and 24—which featured writers like Danusha Lameris, Alan Shapiro, Analia Villagra, Chiyuma Elliott, Kyle Minor, Jacqueline Osherow, Billy Collins, and the late Tony Hoagland—we published two online collections as well, at newohioreview.org.

In our first of those, we selected established and emerging writers and paired their pieces with artwork from English alumna Devan Murphy, who earned an M.A. in English from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University in 2017.

In our second, published Dec. 8, we include stories by Caro Claire Burke, Gunnar Jaeck, and others; poems by Melissa Studdard, Lance Larsen, and others; and audio clips from recent NOR contributors. All of these pieces are paired with beautiful work by the Michigan sculptor and painter Courtney Bennett, and/or illustrations by artists from the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio.

To review: we’re now a little bit more “new,” and a little bit more “Ohio.”

We want to thank the readers who have helped us evaluate nearly 4,500 submissions this year so that we could highlight some very good writing.

We’re also happy to announce that we have expanded our staff. This month, we named Lee Spellman as our assistant poetry editor and Morgan Roediger as our assistant fiction editor. Both have read and edited diligently for three semesters, and their insight will be invaluable for our issue 25, slated for March 2019.

NOR also had a record year for revenue, bringing in nearly $40,000 in subscriptions and grants. For the second year in a row, we secured an Ohio Arts Council ArtStart Grant, and we have once again submitted our proposal for a Whiting Award for Literary Journals.

We are looking to build on our efforts in 2019, and we have invited Tyehimba Jess, Kiese Laymon, and Claire Vaye Watkins to be our contest judges. We think their involvement will drive submissions and encourage a broad range of voices as we look to produce the best magazine we can.

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