The Louisville Review

Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction & drama

The Louisville Review, housed at Spalding University since 1998, was founded in 1976 at the University of Louisville by faculty editor Sena Jeter Naslund and two students. Known for excellence nationwide and abroad, The Louisville Review has recently published such well-known writers as poets David Ray and Michael Burkhard and NY Times bestseller fiction writer Ursula Hegi. From its founding in 1976, TLR also has fostered the development of new writers; a poem TLR published twenty years ago by Alberto Riós now appears in standard literature textbooks. TLR published the work of Louise Erdrich while she was still a student at Johns Hopkins. Receiving the top award of the Kentucky Arts Commission as the best literary magazine in the state with its maiden issue, TLR was the first literary magazine to give national exposure to local writers the late Aleda Shirley and Maureen Morehead, both of whom have gone on to publish more than one book of poetry.

The goal of the magazine continues to be to import the best writing to local readers, to juxtapose the work of established writers with new writers, and to export the best local writers to a national readership. Each poem and story submitted toTLR is judged entirely on its own merit whether the author is already nationally known or previously unpublished.


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