Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A New Akron-Based Literary Journal
Is About to Be Born: Barn Owl Review

Congratulations are in order for the poet Mary Biddinger and her crew of collaborators. Their new literary journal, the Barn Owl Review, is due to debut in January. Mary reports on her blog, The Word Cage, that the BOW--which will be published annually and contain fiction and poetry--is now official, having recently received its articles of incorporation. Mary, by day a professor of English at the University of Akron, has published a number of lovely poems in such prominent outlets as Ploughshares. For what it's worth, my favorite from her oeuvre is this elegiac minimalist masterpiece, The Edge of Town. Given her background, there's real hope that this journal could develop into something of real substance, especially if the U of A supports it, as I hope it will. Bon voyage, Barn Owl


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