Northwest Review was first published by the University of Oregon in 1957. The inaugural issue sold for fifty cents and included native Oregonian Ken Kesey’s first publication, a short story called “The First Sunday in September.” In its fifty-four year history, Northwest Review has published multiple winners of the Pulitzer-Prize, the National Book Award, the Booker Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Northwest Review is currently undergoing a redesign, hiring a new editorial staff under the supervision of its new editor and a board of literary advisors who will oversee the hiring of a full-time staff.
As of April, submissions are now open electronically for the first time in the magazine’s history, and the next paper edition of the journal will be published in the Fall of 2020 for the original price of the magazine as it was first published: fifty cents.
Editor and Publisher – S. Tremaine Nelson
- S. Tremaine Nelson published his first work of fiction in the Fall 2007 issue of Northwest Review. He is a fiction reader at The Paris Review and an alumnus of the Fiction Department of The New Yorker. He is president of the Northwest Review Foundation and is a fourth-generation Oregonian living in Portland, where he was born and raised.
Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor – Brian Michael Murphy
- 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. He is currently at work on a book titled We the Dead: Preserving Data at the End of the World (under contract, University of North Carolina Press). He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University, where he was a Presidential Fellow.
Senior Fiction Editor – Tsering Lama
- Tsering Lama is a writer and Storytelling Advisor for Greenpeace International. Her debut novel BEND YOU TO REMAIN is forthcoming from Bloomsbury and McClelland & Stewart. She has published fiction, essays, plays, and poetry in The Kenyon Review, Grain Magazine, The Malahat Review, VELA and several anthologies including Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty-One Short Stories from Tibet (OR Books). She is a recipient of fellowships and grants from Hedgebrook, VCCA, VSC, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Omi International, Playa Summerlake, Monson Arts, Willapa Bay AiR, Catwalk Institute, WildAcres, Lillian E.Smith Center, and Canada Council for the Arts. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Tsering is particularly interested in works that bring visibility and deep attention to BIPOC, working class people, and refugees.
Senior Poetry Editor – Michael McGriff
- Michael McGriff’s poetry collections include Early Hour (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), Black Postcards (Willow Springs Books, 2017), Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), and Dismantling the Hills (Pitt Poetry Series, 2008). He is the translator of Tomas Traströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola (Green Integer, 2010) and is the editor of a volume of David Wevill’s essential writing, To Build My Shadow a Fire (Truman State University Press, 2010). He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his work has been honored with a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry, Bookforum, The Believer, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Poetry London, and on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and PBS NewsHour. For several years he has mentored young writers as a Visiting Writer at American International School-Vienna and as a faculty member in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Idaho, where he teaches classes in poetry and fiction.
Senior Editor – Brian Trapp
- Brian Trapp teaches creative writing and disability studies at the University of Oregon, where he is the director of the Kidd Creative Writing Workshops. His fiction and essays have been published in the Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Narrative, Ninth Letter, and Brevity, among other places. He won an Oregon Arts Fellowship and had an essay selected as the #1 Longread of the Week by Longreads.com. The former fiction editor of Memorious and a former associate editor of the Cincinnati Review, Brian received his PhD in Comparative Literature and Disability Studies from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a Taft Fellow.
Senior Advisory Editor – Jay Deshpande
- Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger and The Rest of the Body (both from YesYes Books). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, AGNI, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a Kundiman fellowship, and residencies at Civitella Ranieri, Saltonstall Arts Colony, and Vermont Studio Center. Currently an instructor for Brooklyn Poets, he has taught poetry at Stanford University, Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Rutgers University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and elsewhere.
Director of Community Outreach – Emma Fricke
- Emma Fricke is a photographer and poet; she is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Hunter College. Her photographic series of famed translator Gregory Rabassa was widely published and reprinted in multiple countries in South America. Her favorite narrative images in New York are found in Chinatown.
Director of Visual Arts – Tara Centybear
- Tara Centybear is a full-time contemporary painter living and working in the fantastically weird city of Portland, Oregon. Prior to embracing her studio practice full-time, she spent over a decade curating and leading exhibition management for fine arts museums throughout San Diego, California. During that time, she also oversaw the public art program for the Port of San Diego, taught art classes at the community college level, and worked in an arts rehabilitation program for a local men’s correctional facility. Centybear graduated with distinction from the MFA program at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited internationally in London, Italy, New York, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle, and most recently, Portland.
Senior Editor – Sarah Ulicny
- Sarah Ulicny is a writer and editor based in Detroit, Michigan. Her writing has been published in The Ampersand Review, XOJane,The Mantle, and other outlets. She taught fiction writing at Columbia and Pace Universities, edited a various published novels and worked for several years with the New York Writers Coalition. After a 13-year lost weekend in New York City, she is readjusting to life in the city of her birth. She is primarily interested in own-voice fiction that follows Dickinson’s directive: “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”
Senior Editor – Kelsey Motes-Conners
- Kelsey Motes-Conners is a poet, essayist, and novelist based in Missoula, Montana. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, and Guernica. She is a graduate of the University of Montana and is a licensed white-water rafting guide.
Senior Art Director – Samantha DeWys
- Sam Dewys is an artist, designer, and art director from some of the rougher parts of Exit 12, 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.
Associate Poetry Editor – Alyssa Ogi
- Alyssa Ogi is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon, Originally from southern California, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, and currently works as the Editorial Assistant for Tin House. She was awarded an Elizabeth George Foundation grant in 2020, and her poetry can be found in Best New Poets, They Rise Like a Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere.
Associate Fiction Editor – Nicky Gonzalez
- Nicky Gonzalez is a Cuban-American writer from Hialeah, Florida. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Oregon. Her work has appeared in Hobart and The Massachusetts review. She loves horror films, cartoons, and stories that defy genre.
Editor Emeritus – John Witte
- 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.