Issue No. 33

From the Blog

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Issue No. 33 Letter from the Editor

  Issue 33 marks the end of yet another school year at the University of New Mexico and my tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Blue Mesa Review. Like most literary magazines affiliated with a university, our staff rotates as students graduate. It’s a bit surreal to know that in a few days my work for this [...]

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2016 Summer Contest Judges!

We are excited to announce the 2016 Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest judges! Send us your best work in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Our Poetry judge is Ocean Vuong! Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A winner of a 2016 Whiting Award and a Ruth Lilly fellow, [...]

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Literary Confessions

      Let’s face it; if you’re reading the BMR blog, odds are you are a person with a literary bent. A writer. An editor. Someone who reads obscure, thought-provoking literature. Unless you are here by mistake, in which case, carry on down the internet road. For the rest of you, I know your [...]

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Happy New Year!

Sorry for the radio silence. The BMR crew all went into hibernation over the holiday, which really isn’t what you might think. We were reading, writing, planning, and resting up for a new semester which is now in full swing. Suddenly, we look around and January 1 is 25 days in the past. However, it’s [...]

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Issue No. 32 Letter From the Editor

For the last few weeks, the Blue Mesa Review team has been working tirelessly on Issue 32. We have spent late nights copyediting and scrolling through art for paintings or drawings that would pair well with the words we’ve already selected. I’ve also spent a fair amount of time contemplating my introduction to this issue. [...]

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Citizen While Black

Literature, politics, race, and viral Internet images came together last week in an important way. Many have seen the pictures and video of Johari Osayi Idusuyi, a black woman, being rebuked by white audience members for reading during an Illinois rally for presidential candidate, Donald Trump. She defiantly rejected their demands and remained steadfast with [...]

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Debra Monroe Educates Us Unsentimentally

The allure of memoir is that it’s part voyeurism and part cheerleader. The reader is fascinated with the writer’s journey through the seemingly un-navigable; trusting, of course, that the events of the memoir are related fairly and accurately along the way. Memoir is a dicey genre for that reason: it treads the treacherous territory of [...]

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Five Signs Your Man is Living a Secret Literary Life

So, he tells you he doesn’t like to read, and you believe him. Then, the tingles begin. Ever suspect your man is cheating with Chaucer? Sneaking around with Shakespeare? Dallying with Diaz? Here are 5 signs your man may be living a secret literary life. 1. He accidentally uses SAT-style vocabulary words in regular conversation. [...]

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