Applause and Reviews of AQR

Applause & Reviews for the AQR

Kudos Online

“Art Talk with Editor Ronald Spatz” (National Endowment for the Arts)

AQR featured in The New Yorker

AQR Editor Honored with 2010 Governor’s Award

Alaska Quarterly Review Continues to Soar

Alaska Quarterly Review Continues to Garner International Attention

Off the Beaten Track with the Alaska Quarterly Review” – Listen Now

Some of the Best Contemporary Writing Readers Will Find Anywhere, Alaska Dispatch

Latest AQR Full of Delights, Alaska Dispatch

AQR: Redefining New Voices

AQR at Twenty-Five (1982-2007)

AQR Celebrates 25th Birthday

Praise of Alaska Native Writers, Storytellers & Orators

Praise of One Blood: The Narrative Impulse

Praise of Intimate Voices, Ordinary Lives

Lit Out Loud

Alaska Quarterly Review Celebrates 20 Years

Acclaim from Pop Matters


Lit Refs from the UK

New Pages: Alaska Quarterly Review Fall & Winter 2003

New Pages: Alaska Quarterly Review Fall & Winter 2005

New Pages: Alaska Quarterly Review Spring & Summer 2007

New Pages: Alaska Quarterly Review
Spring & Summer 2008

New Pages: Alaska Quarterly Review
Spring & Summer 2009

New Pages: Alaska Quarterly Review Spring & Summer 2010

Summer Reading: Alaska Quarterly Review Summer 2009

Alaska Quarterly Review: Welcoming the Season Fall 2009

The War to Keep the Written Word Alive: On the Front Line, with America’s Literary Journals

Camera Amid Chaos

New Pages: Alaska Quarterly Review Spring & Summer 2013

What Ails the Short Story by Stephen King

AQR featured on AK

Editor of “Alaska at 50” brings panel to campus to discuss perspectives

Greg Kimura, editor of “Alaska At 50: The Past, Present and, Next Fifty Years of Alaska Statehood” brings a panel of contributors together to discuss perspectives of Alaska’s history and future. Guests include Ronald Spatz, Vic Fischer and Phyllis Fast.

This podcast was recorded on Oct. 20, 2009.

Why Alaskan Should Read Alaska Quarterly Review

Poets & Writers Literary Mag Net

U.S. Postal Rates Up, Editors Down – Poets & Writers

University of Alaska Scholars Honored

Review of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America

2012 Recognition of the Alaska Quarterly Review in the Congressional Record

1999 Recognition of the Alaska Quarterly Review in the Congressional Record

1997 Recognition of the Alaska Quarterly Review in the Congressional Record

Alaska Quarterly Review is one of America’s premier literary magazines and a source of powerful new voices. Works originally from AQR have appeared in the following awards collections:

Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards; The Best American Poetry; The Best American Short Stories; The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses; The Best American Essays; The Best American Nonrequired Reading; The Best American Mystery Stories; and The Beacon Best: Creative Writing by Women and Men of All Colors.

The impact of Alaska Quarterly Review extends far from its origin in my home State and is worthy of celebration by this body and all Americans who recognize the power of the literary arts to shape our thoughts, our ideals, and our country. I commend Alaska Quarterly Review and its editor, Ronald Spatz, its contributors, and its supporters for 35 years of excellence.

Senator Lisa Murkowski
U.S Senate
Tribute to AQR on its 35th Anniversary

Fresh treasure.

The New York Times Book Review

It remains one of our best, and most imaginative, literary magazines.

Michael Dirda
The New York Review of Books

How large the scope of this exceptional journal is. AQR has always sought not only work of aesthetic strength and power but also work that includes a rigorous questioning of larger societal issues.

Jane Hirshfield
Contributing Editor

That one of the nation's best literary magazines comes out of Alaska may seem surprising, but so it is.

The Washington Post Book World

Among the top literary journals in America... Alaska Quarterly Review is holding its creative course and staying true to its original vision of promoting new writers and giving a home to fresh voices on the writing scene. ...This is storytelling at its finest.

Highly recommended and deserves applause.

Bill Katz
Library Journal

Alaska Quarterly Review is one of the top ten literary magazines in the country.

Sherman Alexie

I have been mightily impressed, paging through the submissions and the final selections, by the staunch way in which publications like Missouri Review, Wilson Quarterly, American Scholar, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Oregon Humanities continue to trust authors to write at length, and readers to take the trouble to repay that trust.

Christopher Hitchens
Guest Editor The Best American Essays 2010

AQR is an impressive publication, comprising as diverse and rewarding an aggregation of work as a reader is likely to find in any literary journal.

Patrick Parks
Literary Magazine Review

Adding to the poetry, fiction, and essays that the Alaska Quarterly Review has been publishing for twenty-three years, at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, the Fall/Winter issue of the journal, edited by Ronald Spatz, includes an eighty-page photo essay (eighty pages!) that is unique in both content and scope. In “Chechnya: A Decade of War,” photojournalist Heidi Bradner documents the Chechen Republic's decade-long battle for independence from Russia. An image of Russian soldiers searching a mass grave in Grozny is balanced by the image of a family returning to the shattered remains of their home in a Chechen village. The feature includes photographs from both sides of what Brander calls “Europe's longest-running but least visible war.

Kevin Larimer
Senior Editor Poets & Writers Magazine

Good fiction shows us the inside of things--a community, a job, a relationship, the human heart. Great fiction can sometimes show all of these things working together; it lifts us briefly above the event horizon of our own day-to-day existences and gives us a dreamlike (and godlike) sense of understanding what life itself is about. Cary Holladay's "Merry-Go-Sorry" is one of those rare and always welcome stories.

Stephen King
Prize Jury, O. Henry Prize Stories On AQR award-winning short story, "Merry-Go-Sorry" by Cary Hollada

A national presence.

Patricia Hampl
Contributing Editor

Congratulations for publishing one of the best among the literary magazines!

Carol Houck Smith
Editor, W.W. Norton

..all of America is far richer artistically because of the review's presence...a worthy stage for the serious works of all writers. I commend it and its contributors for its many achievements, and I know members of the U.S. Senate join me in wishing it continued literary success.

Senator Frank Murkowski
U.S. Senate
Tribute to Alaska Quarterly Review

When all is said and done, Ronald Spatz and his crack team of editors put together one hell of a magazine. Read it cover to cover; put it on your coffee table; impress your friends. This magazine's so hot, it makes any number of editors in the lower-48 look like they're living in the ice age.

John McNally
Literary Magazine Review

The magazine has a wonderful sense of place about it, and it conveys Alaska without being parochial. It's not pushing a particular agenda. There's no coterie of writers made up of the editor's friends. The work is original and fresh.

Stuart Dybek
Contributing Editor

On Liberty & Justice (for All): "If you look at these amazing photographs and you read the narratives you just opened the world for yourself.

Martha Raddatz
Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC NEWS

Alaska Quarterly Review is playing an impressive part in our national literature. Congratulations on publishing such wonderful stories.

Laura Furman
Series Editor, O. Henry Prize Stories