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


From Amazon.com


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.

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

Michael Dirda
The New York Review of Books

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.

Fresh treasure.

The New York Times Book Review

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. Senatate
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