Black Warrior Review

literary magazine published by graduate students


The Black Warrior Review is a nationally known literary magazine published by graduate students in the University’s Creative Writing Program. The BWR is published twice yearly. It features fiction and poetry from contemporary writers as well as literary essays and book reviews. Each issue showcases a chapbook (a substantial selection of work) from a nationally known poet. Copies of the current issue are available in selected Barnes & Noble stores, while the current and past issues are available in the OSM Store.


Editor: Bronwyn Valentine
Managing Editor: Gail Aronson


Contact Number: (205) 348-4518

The Name

Black Warrior Review is named after the river that borders the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The city, river, and journal derive their names from the sixteenth-century Indian chief Tuscaloosa, whose name comes from two words of Creek or Choctaw origin—tusca (warrior) and lusa (black).


Each issue features a chapbook from a nationally known poet.


Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Black Warrior Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside up-and-coming writers.

National Recognition

Stories and poems appearing in Black Warrior Review have been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies.

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