Issue No. 31

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Really Living | Nonfiction

By now we’ve loaded three washing machines and need quarters for dryers. I feed bills into a slot ...

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Honolulu | Fiction

You’re all about proving me wrong, that laws are laws, facts are facts. Fact: what’s keeping me ...

From the Blog

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The Invaders: An Interview with Karolina Waclawiak

I have been a fan of Karolina Waclawiak’s work ever since her debut novel How to Get into the Twin Palms was published in 2012 and proceeded to rock my world with its rawness, desperation, and simultaneous hope. If it hasn’t already become clear, I read a lot of immigrant literature, but that isn’t the only [...]

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An Interview with Suzanne Richardson

I was very excited when the opportunity to interview Suzanne Richardson presented itself. Suzanne grew up in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Utica College in New York. Suzanne also served as Editor-in-Chief of our very own Blue Mesa Review from 2010-2012 while she was an MFA student in [...]

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Top 5 things to look for in an MFA program

So you’re a writer, eh?  You took every CRW class listed during undergrad—even won a couple hundred bucks in a University-wide fiction contest once upon a time.  Yet still, unfathomably, Harper’s won’t return your calls and The New Yorker thinks it’s too good to print that magically real story you wrote about your last break [...]

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Summer Suggestions: Memoir Turned Graphic Novel

Illustrations and narrative: the perfect reading combo beside the pool or under a shade tree during the lazy days of summer. We enjoyed them when we were kids (who doesn’t still love Dr. Seuss?), and the graphic novel is the adult version of this beloved pairing of mediums. A classification that straddles genre fences, the [...]

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The 2015 Summer Contest is Open!

It’s June 1st and that means our 2015 Summer Contest is now open for submissions! We are really excited for this year’s contest because for the first time we’re including nonfiction. You have until August 31st to get your best stories, essays, and poems submitted. Head over to our contest page to get the full [...]

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A Southwest Bookstore Road Trip

I love the chance to spend a few hours in an independent bookstore. The selection of books is always a testament to the store’s ownership, and the spaces that house the shelves are always cozy. I especially love how these stores bring communities together by hosting author readings and other events. This summer I want [...]

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Remembering Jim Phillips

As many of you know, Blue Mesa Review is staffed by the graduate students in the MFA program at the University of New Mexico. Every semester we are assisted by a hardworking and knowledgeable team of undergraduate students who have participated in the Creative Writing program. This last semester the BMR staff and volunteers had [...]

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Our Most Anticipated Summer Reads

Jill Dehnert | Outgoing Editor in Chief Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff I love Groff’s work and have been looking forward to this new book since I first heard it was coming. Sarah Sheesley | Outgoing Managing Editor Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean What can I say? I’m a Graywolf Press fan girl. [...]

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2015 Summer Contest Judges

We are excited to announce the 2015 Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest judges! Also, we are adding Nonfiction to the contest this year! Get those poems, stories, and essays ready summer contest seekers, because we want to publish you! And so without further delay, please welcome our judges.   We are excited to say that [...]

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Issue No. 31 Letter From the Editor

Last year around this time our former Editor-in-Chief, Ben Dolan, wrote a pretty incredible Letter from the Editor to mark our 29th Issue. In Ben’s letter, he explores the world of literary magazines more generally—how they came to be and where Blue Mesa Review fits in. It was an exploration of tradition, an investigation into [...]

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