By publishing new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that is both challenging and inviting, New England Review encourages artistic exchange and thought-provoking innovation, providing publishing opportunities for writers at all stages in their careers.
The selection of writings in each issue presents a broad spectrum of viewpoints and genres, including traditional and experimental fiction, long and short poems, translations, criticism, letters from abroad, reviews in arts and literature, and rediscoveries. New England Review exists in a place apart from mass culture, where speed and information overload are the norm. At NER, serious writing is given serious attention, from the painstaking selection process through careful editing and publication, where finally the writer’s words meet up with a curious and dedicated readership.
NER was founded by poets Sydney Lea and Jay Parini in New Hampshire in 1978. In the Fall of 1982 the magazine established an affiliation with the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and its new name, NER/BLQ (New England Review/Bread Loaf Quarterly). In 1987, the magazine came under full sponsorship of Middlebury College. In 1990, NER returned to its original name, New England Review, subtitled Middlebury Series.
The list of writers whose work has been selected for publication in NER is long and distinguished. Many highly regarded authors—among them Jorie Graham, Ann Beattie, Louise Erdrich, and Mark Doty—were published in NER before they achieved international recognition, and works published in the magazine are chosen every year for prestigious awards, including the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Prize, and inclusion in the Best American anthologies.
In addition to founding editors Jay Parini and Sydney Lea, former editors and editorial staff include David Bain, Jessica Dineen, Maura High, David Huddle, T. R. Hummer, Devon Jersild, William Lychack, Jim Schley, and Jodee Stanley. Toni Best served as office manager for twenty-three years.
Interview with Stephen Donadio, Seven Days (2007)
Boston Globe surveys New England lit mags (2008)
Middlebury Magazine on “The Future of the New England Review” (2009)
Every Writer’s Resource lists top Lit Mags (2010)
Writer’s Relief: Lit Mag Spotlight (2011)
Bookfox: Ranking of Literary Journals (2011)
Middlebury News: Carolyn Kuebler to Become Editor of NER (2013)
Stephen Donadio Editor
Carolyn Kuebler Senior Editor
Marcia Parlow Managing Editor
C. Dale Young Poetry Editor
Jennifer Bates, Janice Obuchowski, J. M. Tyree Associate Editors
Lexa deCourval Office Manager
Christopher Ross VT Reading Series Coordinator
Rick Canning • Tarfia Faizullah • Nora Fiore • Kaitlyn Greenidge • Matthew Harrison • Joy Henry • Richie Hofmann • Ernest McLeod • James O’Brien • Laura Pollard • Gretchen Schrafft • Kristen Schwarz • Rose Whitmore
Emily Dalton • Izzy Ocampo • Charles Steinberg
New England Review offers internships to Middlebury College students every semester and during winter term and summer. In these internships, students can gain hands-on experience in publishing a literary magazine. Middlebury students interested in applying for an internship should send a resume and letter of interest to Carolyn Kuebler.
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