Criticism is an act which involves a restless seeking after the essence of art . . . it must illumine the necessary relation between art and life.— George Core

Upcoming Issues

Fiction and the Criticism of Fiction (Spring 2016)

The spring issue of our 124th year will feature stories by James Colgan, Peter Makuck, Dennis McFadden, and Kent Nelson; essays by William E. Cain (on Willa Cather), Robert Lacy (on Mary McCarthy), Jeffrey Meyers (on Salter), Nick Ripatrazone (on belief in fiction), Gladys Swan (on writing the novel); remembrances of Helen Norris Bell and Bill Harrison; reviews by Fred Hobson (on Styron), Merritt Moseley (on James Wood), George Core, and other hands; poetry by A. M. Brandt, Suzanne Cleary, Simon Hunt, Jayanta Mahapatra, Wesley McNair, David Middleton, Sarah Rossiter, Molly Tamarkin, Elizabeth Crowell. THIS ISSUE IS OPEN


Essays in Biography and Autobiography (Summer 2016)

Essays by Ann E. Berthoff (on libraries), Robert Buffington (on Tate), David Heddendorf (on Emerson), George Keithley (on the Pacific gray whale), Merritt Moseley (on Austen), David J. Rothman (on Levi), David Yezzi (on Marie Ponsot); autobiography from Lucienne S. Bloch, Mel Livatino, Sam Pickering, Gerald Smith, Pat C. Hoy II; reviews by Robert Lacy, Michael Mott, and other hands; poetry by Stephen Behrendt, Catharine Savage Brosman, Peter Cooley, R. S. Gwynn, Sabina de Werth Neu, Philip Raisor, Jay Rogoff, Floyd Skloot, and Michael Spence; stories by Wendell Berry and Kathleen Ford. THIS ISSUE IS OPEN