Issue No. 33

From the Blog

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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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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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