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 has 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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Editor & Publisher – S. Tremaine Nelson
  • 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. For updates about Northwest Review’s publication schedule, follow Twitter @NW_Review and IG: Northwest_Review. Full issue of Fall 2020 is here.
Managing Editor & 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, WaxwingKenyon 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 for pre-order at the University of North Carolina Press. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University.
Production & Design Director – Samantha DeWys
  • 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.
Executive Editor – Clare Maloney
  • 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.
Poetry Editor – Natalie Staples
  • 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 Terrain.org. She teaches English at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Assistant Poetry Editor – Alexis Sears
  • 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.
Assistant Fiction Editor – Logan McMillen
  • 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.
Senior Editor – Emma Fricke Nelson
  • Emma Fricke Nelson is a poet based in Portland, Oregon. She is a lover of road trips, cold rocky beaches, and sitting alone at airport bars. In her dreams, Emma stands in a barn smashing plates dipped in red paint across whitewashed walls. If you have a barn you’re willing to share, she’ll bring the plates.
Senior Editor – Verena Raban
  • Verena Raban is an artist-poet with interests in myth, formalism, and theory. Her background is in English Literature and she specializes in ink illustration and portraiture. She is a current MFA in Writing candidate in Poetry at Pacific University.

Senior Editor – Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
  • 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.

Editor of Translation – Jesse Lee Kercheval
  • 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.
Editor of Reviews – Rachel Jacobson
  • Rachel Jacobson is a social psychology doctoral student at University of Oregon. Her writings have appeared in Inklette Magazine and Interlude Magazine. She alternates between Eugene and Harlem for residence, depending on both rain and blizzard weather. Her research and writing focus on multiple identity populations—in particular, the cusp at which ambiguity exists
Podcast Editor – Laura Joyce Davis
  • Laura Joyce Davis is the host and executive producer of the award-winning podcast Shelter in Place, the founder and CEO of the Social Impact Award winner Kasama Collective, and one of Podcast Magazine’s Top 22 Influencers in Podcasting. A writer for more than twenty years, her work has been recognized with a Fulbright scholarship, a Poets & Writers Magazine Exchange Award, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and occasional praise from her three children who believe that anything is possible with a good book, a cape, and a crown (she doesn’t disagree).
Associate Editor – Anna Ball
  • 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.
Associate Editor – Annabel Jankovic
  • 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.”
Associate Editor: Rose Lambert-Sluder
  • 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 ReviewThe Carolina QuarterlyThe 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. 
Associate Editor – Taylor Lannamann
  • Taylor Lannamann lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in The Georgia ReviewDenver QuarterlyPANKThe Literary ReviewTin House OnlineLitHub, and elsewhere. He has received support from The Corporation of Yaddo and holds an MFA from The New School.
Associate Editor – Ariel Machell
  • 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 QuarterlyVerdadLandlocked, and elsewhere.
Associate Editor – Arielle Max Drisko
  • 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.

Associate Editor – Jordan Griffin
  • 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.

Associate Editor – Nikole Young
  • Nikole is a graphic artist and fiction writer from rural Oregon. As a Katherine Dunn Scholar in Pacific University’s MFA program, her reading interests include gritty Pacific Northwest prose that follow bottom-of-the-barrel characters doing their best to get by. She also reads and writes climate fiction. Nikole’s day job as Wauna Credit Union’s Creative Designer takes her to all of Oregon’s nooks and crannies, like Vernonia and Astoria and Clatskanie. Her free time is spent with family as the wife of a craftsman and a new mom to Angus Young. 
Associate Editor – Leslie Hinson
  • Leslie Hinson is a writer, ghostwriter, and editor in Nashville, TN. She is a fiction MFA student at Sewanee, University of the South
Associate Editor – Maxwell Putnam
  • 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.”
Associate Editor – Lana Sain
  • 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.
Advisory Editor – Michael McGriff
Advisory Editor – Jay McInerney
Advisory Editor – Kelsey Motes-Conner
  • Kelsey Motes-Conners is a poet, essayist, and novelist based in Missoula, Montana. 
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.