Issue No. 33

From the Blog

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Making the Horses Drink

A few mass shootings ago—that is, a few months ago—I faced my freshman comp students and asked them why. Why was it, did they think, that gun violence was such a problem for the United States? A hand shot up. “It’s because our gun laws are too strict, so it’s hard to get weapons to [...]

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Hard Poems for Hard Times

In the last few weeks my emotions have been all over the place. At first I was sad. This story is not a new story. They have been killing us without consequence for hundreds of years. Then I began looking at the way these events were portrayed in the media, and reading the comments beneath [...]

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Dropping the Velvet Rope

I’ve heard more times than I’d like about how the call for diversification of submissions for literary magazines is making it harder for white, male, heterosexual (WMH) writers to find homes for their work. As the Nonfiction Editor of Blue Mesa Review and a WMH writer, I’m calling for exactly that, more diversity in our [...]

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Summertime Management

I had a dream last night. My soccer team––well, football, ‘cause we use our feet, and I’m in Spain––were playing in an international tournament in Tarragona. In the morning, much like Iceland, our team, the scrappy underdog, beat the favorite, say England. Blame it on Brexit. Our team was having a big tavern lunch, preparing [...]

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4 Reasons You Should Submit to Literary Magazines

Some mornings I wake up channeling my favorite movie or book characters. This morning, I woke up feeling very Voila Davis’s character, Aibileen, from The Help. And when I allowed my imagination free reign, this is the message she gave me, as Blue Mesa Review’s poetry editor, to give to you: 4 Reasons You Should [...]

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Good Writing Days: On Being a New Father and a Poet

For me, a typical writing day looks like this: two hours of generative writing, an hour of revision, and an hour or so of reading. To wrap up a session, I save all the poems in their various stages to appropriately-named Google Drive folders. I have one for the “nearly there” poems. I have one [...]

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Rediscovering My Reasons for Writing

There are probably as many reasons for writing as there are writers. For some of us, the events of our lives, whether tragic or blessed, or both, demand to be told. For others, our experience of nature, or the texture and minutiae of everyday life is so compelling we have to put it into words. [...]

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Taking the Helm as Fiction Editor

When I first started reading for BMR, I was blown away by the vast quantity of submissions. The second mind-blowing realization was the vast quality. Then astonishment transformed into disappointment when I realized how few we could actually publish in a year. We’re working on publishing more. No one likes rejection. No one likes to [...]

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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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