About

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.

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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 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. For updates about the journal’s publication schedule, follow @nwest_review and NWReview. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 PoetsCrab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. She is the recent winner of an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for her poetry.
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 and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review. She loves horror films, cartoons, and stories that defy genre.
Editor of Interviews – 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.
Editor of Interviews – 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 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. 

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.
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 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.
Contributing 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 ReviewGettysburg ReviewNarrativeNinth 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.
Associate Fiction Editor – Marcie Alexander
  • Marcie Alexander received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, and was recently a fiction fellow at the Vermont Studio Center residency. Originally from Texas, she’s currently in Colorado.
Associate Fiction Editor – Steven Kiernan
  • Steven Kiernan is a veteran of the Iraq War and  U.S. Marine Corps and holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon.  Steven is interested in fiction about disability, conflict, and anti-capitalism.  He currently lives in Eugene, OR with his wife and two dogs. 
Associate Fiction 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 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.
Associate Poetry Editor – Natalie Staples
  • Natalie Staples grew up outside of Philadelphia. She received a B.A. from Kenyon College in 2014. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps member and Writing Program Associate for The Schuler Scholar Program, a college access program in the Chicago area. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at 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.
Associate Poetry Editor – Emmy Newman
  • Emmy Newman is a current student in the MFA program at the University of Idaho.
Associate Poetry Editor – Nathaniel Nelson
  • Nathaniel Nelson is a poet from Chattanooga, Tennessee and a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Oregon. Their poetry appears in Birmingham Poetry Review and The Southern Review.
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 – Aaron Pope
  • Aaron Pope is a writer who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Oregon State University in 2018. He is a current student in the MFA program at Pacific University. Aaron loves horror movies, playing/coaching rugby, and diverse stories relating to anti-capitalism and environmentalism.

Associate Editor – Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
  • As a sustainability expert, Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff gained recognition with appearances on “The Today Show” and “CNN Headline News,” and was featured in Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, among others; much of this experience makes its way into her creative writing. Rachel has a master’s degree in journalism from USC and is pursuing an MFA in fiction at Pacific University. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the USC Alumni Association, and was named one of New Hope Network’s Top 100 Responsible Health & Wellness Influencers of 2020.

Associate Editor – Amelie Voutilainen
  • Amelie Voutilainen is a student at Franklin High School. She enjoys exploring the Oregon coast and is always looking for the next best swim spot. She has lived in Portland her whole life and loves taking long walks on Mt. Tabor in her free time.

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
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.