Publishing the Frontier of American Letters Since 1957.

Northwest Review was first published by the University of Oregon in 1957. The inaugural issue sold for fifty cents and included Oregonian Ken Kesey’s first publication, a short story called “The First Sunday in September.” In its fifty-four year history, the University of Oregon’s Northwest Review published multiple winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Booker Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Since its new inception in Fall 2020, Northwest Review contributors have been Pushcart nominees, Best American Short Story winners, New York Times bestsellers, longlisted for the National Book Awards, the Pen Faulkner Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and recipients of Stegner Fellowships in poetry and fiction. Alexis Sears’ poem “Hair Sestina,” which appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of Northwest Review, will be published in the 2022 Best American Poetry Series.

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S. Tremaine Nelson
Editor & Publisher
Educated in Tennessee, married young in Alabama, S. Tremaine Nelson is a former poetry reader at The Paris Review and an alumnus of the fiction department of The New Yorker. He is a fourth-generation Oregonian living in Portland, where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Columbia University MFA program.
Brian Michael Murphy
Managing Editor & Nonfiction Editor
Brian Michael Murphy is a media studies professor at Bennington College, and director of the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. His writings have appeared in Narrative, Waxwing, Kenyon Review, Mississippi Review, Media-N, and in Italian translation in Ácoma. His book We the Dead: Preserving Data at the End of the World is available from the University of North Carolina Press. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University.
Samantha DeWys
Production & Design Director
Samantha DeWys is an artist, designer, and art director from New Jersey. She is a visionary leader in the field of multi-media interactive design, with pioneering expertise in UX, I/A, branding, and digital ecosystems. She has created brands for dozens of non-profit arts organizations, book covers, websites, and has provided art direction and competitive brand analysis for multiple national independent publishers.
Clare Maloney
Executive Editor
Clare Maloney is a writer and editor from New York. She holds a BA in English from the University of Delaware, where her work appeared in Caesura literary magazine and received a Thomas W. Molyneux fiction award. Clare has written for dozens of brands across a variety of genres and mediums, including podcasts, digital, video, and print. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Natalie Staples
Poetry Editor
Natalie Staples grew up outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Oregon. She has attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in SWWIM Every Day and She teaches English at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Verena Raban
Art Editor
Verena Raban is a Portland-based dog-person writing & drawing poems & punks & flowers. She studies poetry at Pacific University where she is an MFA candidate in writing. @verennui
Dawn Raffel
Fiction Editor
Dawn Raffel is the author of five books, most recently The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies. Her stories have appeared in BOMB; O, The Oprah Magazine; NOON; Conjunctions; The Mississippi Review; The Iowa Review; New Letters; Big Other, and in the anthologies Best Small Fictions, New American Short Stories, New Micro, XO Orpheus, and Short, among others.
Alexis Sears
Assistant Poetry Editor
Alexis Sears is the author of Out of Order (Autumn House Press 2022), winner of the 2021 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2022, Rattle, the Cortland Review, Literary Matters, Birmingham Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Bachelor’s in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. A native Californian, she teaches middle and high school English and History in Los Angeles.
Debbra Palmer
Assistant Poetry Editor & Cartoonist
Debbra Palmer is a poet and visual artist living in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Her poems have appeared in journals including Calyx, Portland Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, Kitchen Table Quarterly, and several literary anthologies including His Hands, His Tools, His Sex, His Dress: Lesbian Writers on their Fathers (Alice Street Editions) and Present Tense and A Fierce Brightness, 25 Years of Women’s Poetry (Calyx Press). Her literary-themed comics appear in Northwest Review. Palmer earned her MFA in poetry from Pacific University.
Logan McMillen
Assistant Fiction Editor
Logan McMillen is a writer and educator from Minneapolis. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education.
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Senior Editor
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is pursuing an MFA at Pacific University and is also a climate and conservation expert whose experience informs her writing: She is fascinated by how the past shadows the present and aims to help readers imagine a different future – less dystopia, more hope. She is also director of marketing and communication for Northwest Review.
Jesse Lee Kercheval
Editor of Translation
Jesse Lee Kercheval is a poet, writer and translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry. Her latest poetry collections include America that island off the coast of France, winner of the Dorset Prize and the bilingual Spanish-English, La crisis es el cuerpo/The Crisis is The Body, published in Argentina by Editorial Bajo la luna. Her translations include Love Poems by Idea Vilariño, which was long listed for the 2020 Pen Best Translated Poetry Book Award, and The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems Circe Maia, for which she was awarded an NEA in Translation, both from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is also the editor of América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets (University of New Mexico Press). She is the Zona Gale Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rachel Jacobson
Editor of Reviews
Rachel Jacobson is a psychology doctoral student at University of Oregon. Her research and writing focus on multiple identity populations–in particular, the cusp at which ambiguity exists. Her writings have appeared in Inklette Magazine and Interlude Magazine.
Laura Joyce Davis
Podcast Editor
Laura Joyce Davis is a Lecturer and Managing Editor for the Stanford Storytelling Project. She is the Executive Producer of Shelter in Place, which won the International Women’s Podcast Awards category for “Changing the World One Moment at a Time.” She co-founded a PR News Social Impact Award-winning podcast training program, teaches online with Narrative Podcasts, and was one of Podcast Magazine’s Top 22 Influencers in 2022.
Anna Ball
Associate Editor
Anna Ball [she, her] is a poet and educator from Maryland. She earned her BA in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, where she received the Henrietta Spiegel Creative Writing Award, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. In her writing, Anna takes an interest in the evolution of traditional genres, the powers of associative thinking, and the poetics of relation. She lives in Eugene, Oregon and works as a writing instructor for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
Jordan Griffin
Associate Editor
Jordan is currently in the MFA program at Pacific University. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, take her Husky for long walks, and sometimes enjoy roasted marshmallows in her backyard. She lives in Northern California where she teaches high school students the wonders of English. Her work has appeared in Beyond Words Literary Magazine and Embark Literary Journal.
Leslie Hinson
Associate Editor
Leslie Hinson is a writer, ghostwriter, and editor in Nashville, TN. She is a fiction MFA student at Sewanee, University of the South.
Annabel Jankovic
Associate Editor
Annabel is based in Portland, OR, and works at Powell’s City of Books. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and a master’s – also in Comp Lit – from Dartmouth College. She’s an amateur owl-watcher and lino-printer, and a staunch believer that ‘all sorrows are less with bread.’
Matthew Kasper
Associate Editor
Matthew Kasper is a Baltimore native who lives in Singapore as an English teacher. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Fiction at Pacific University as a Washburn-Hayes Scholar. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Newsweek, Halfway Down the Stairs, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and elsewhere.
Rose Lambert-Sluder
Associate Editor
Rose Lambert-Sluder is a writer from Asheville, NC. She received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Oregon. Her work can be found in Kenyon Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. She cares a lot about the rights of U.S. asylum-seekers and currently lives among the saguaros in Tucson, AZ.
Taylor Lannamann
Associate Editor
Taylor Lannamann lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, PANK, The Literary Review, Tin House Online, LitHub, and elsewhere. He has received support from The Corporation of Yaddo and holds an MFA from The New School.
Ariel Machell
Associate Editor
Ariel Machell is a poet from California. As a graduate from the University of Southern California, she was the recipient of the 2018 University of Edinburgh Fellowship, and the Gene and Etta Silverman Award for poetry. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Oregon. Her work was longlisted for the Palette Poetry 2020 Sappho Prize, and the Frontier 2021 New Voices Contest, and has been published in Up the Staircase Quarterly, Verdad, Landlocked, and elsewhere.
Arielle Max Drisko
Associate Editor
Arielle Max Drisko grew up in New York and received her BA from Boston University in 2009. She spent many years working in the Los Angeles film industry before relocating to Austin, Texas. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction at Pacific University, encouraged by her husband, two dogs, and rapidly-growing toddler.
Maxwell Putnam
Associate Editor
Maxwell Putnam is a New York poet, songwriter, & MFA candidate at Sewanee’s School of Letters. Carpenter, baker, bartender, pretend-astronomer. His music has appeared in American Songwriter Magazine, & in 2021 he was given a residency at Dar Meso House in Tunis for his work in song & poetry. He currently lives in Nashville, where he is the curator/host of the Anaconda Vintage reading series & arts salon.
Lana Sain
Associate Editor
Lana Matthews Sain is a poet and MFA candidate at Sewanee: The University of the South. She holds a B.B.A in Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University and studied pre-medical sciences at Harvard University. A mother and avid endurance athlete, Lana’s writing explores the felt experience of womanhood and motherhood in The South and attempts to push back on expectations of society and religion.
Nikole Young
Associate Editor
Nikole is a designer and writer from rural Oregon. She works in the utilities and attends Pacific University’s MFA program as a Katherine Dunn Scholar. Her reading interests include proletariat characters, climate fiction, and PNW backdrops. She has a husband in the Navy and a son named Angus.
Lisa Clay Shanahan
Associate Editor
Lisa Clay Shanahan earned a BA in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in fiction recently from Sewanee’s School of Letters. Originally from East Ridge, Tennessee, Lisa lived for extended periods in Boston and Ithaca, New York, where she worked in trade and academic publishing. She now lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and is writing a novel.
Marley Badolati
Associate Editor
Marley Badolati is a poet and mother currently residing in Oregon. She received her BA in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College where she studied poetry under the direction of Mary Szybist. She later earned her MFA in Creative Writing with distinction from the University of Oregon.
Scott Korb
Advisory Editor
Scott Korb is the director of the Pacific University MFA in Writing program and the author of The Faith Between Us, Life In Year One and Light Without Fire. He’s also an editor of The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers and Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy.
Michael McGriff
Advisory Editor
Mike McGriff is former poetry editor of Northwest Review. His newest book is Eternal Sentences.
Jay McInerney
Advisory Editor
Jay McInerney is the author of Bright Lights, Big City and many other internationally renowned novels. His latest book is Bright Precious Days, published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Kelsey Motes-Conners
Advisory Editor
Kelsey Motes-Conners is a poet, essayist, and novelist based in Missoula, Montana.
Nicky Gonzalez
Advisory Editor
Nicky Gonzalez is a writer from Hialeah, Florida. She received her MFA in Fiction at the University of Oregon. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Kenyon Review Online, and The Massachusetts Review. She loves horror films, cartoons, and stories that defy genre.
Major Jackson
Advisory Editor
Major Jackson is the author of five volumes of poetry, most recently The Absurd Man (Norton, 2020). He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry London, Orion Magazine, and The Yale Review. Major Jackson is the Gertrude Conaway Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as the poetry editor of The Harvard Review.
John Witte
Editor Emeritus
John Witte is an Oregon-based poet who served as editor of Northwest Review for more than thirty years. His poetry frequently appears in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and The American Poetry Review.