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Iron Horse Literary Review

Iron Horse Literary Review coverHoused in the English Department of Texas Tech University, Iron Horse Literary Review was founded in 1999 to bring the literary arts to West Texas, which did not have a national print venue for creative writing. We wanted an inexpensive way to bring America's respected poets, storytellers, and essayists to serious readers living in the remote panhandle. Too, we hoped to juxtapose regional writers next to the headliners. Our early contributors included Frederick Busch, Robert Olen Butler, Li-Young Lee, Barry Lopez, Bobby Ann Mason, Stanley Plumly, Pattiann Rogers, Leslie Ullman, and David Wagoner.

Today, we continue our earliest mission but also spend a great deal of time ferreting out up-and-coming writers who keep poetry, fiction, and nonfiction energized. Most importantly, we're making an earnest push to find and welcome voices of diversity - women and writers of color, who challenge the boundaries of what the literary arts can accomplish. In January 2008, we began releasing six issues annually, including one themed issue, a holiday issue, our NaPoMo issue, one open issue, a chapbook, and our summer e-issue, featuring three marathon-long manuscripts.

Creative writing graduate students at Tech have the opportunity to contribute to the magazine's production by serving associate editors and/or managing editors, and the hands-on publication skills they learn often land them editorial jobs in the world beyond Tech. Visit Iron Horse Literary Review's website to learn more.