Alaska Quarterly Review Continues to Garner International Attention

From Seawolf Weekly
A University Advancement Publication
University of Alaska Anchorage
(Updated 6 July 2009)

Featured works win awards, earn mention in national and international venues. The Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR) continues to prove itself as one of the nation’s best literary magazines.

AQR, published by the University of Alaska Anchorage, was  recently informed that an essay in the current spring and summer 2009 issue will be featured on BBC’s “The Naked Scientists: Science Radio and Naked Science Podcasts.” Earlier this year, Editor Ronald Spatz and former Associate Editor Richard Chiappone were featured on the BBC’s radio program “The Verb.” Last year, Radio National of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation featured AQR and Spatz in a major segment on “The Book Show.”

AQR was also recently notified that two poems originally published in AQR’s spring and summer 2008 edition have been selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2009 by Series Editor David Lehman and Guest Editor David Wagoner. The winning poems are “A Blind Astronomer in the Age of Stars” by Pattiann Rogers and “The Silence of the Mine Canaries” by W. S. Merwin. The Best American Poetry 2009 will be published by Scribner on September 22, 2009.

Additionally, a poem by Sam Green, “Grandmother, Cleaning Rabbits,” originally published in the spring and summer 2008 issue of AQR, will be featured on the website of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Also from the same issue, the poem “Sunflower” by Henri Cole was awarded a Pushcart Prize and will be published in the 2009 Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses distributed by W.W. Norton.

Listed below are several additional 2008-2009 accolades and reviews of AQR:

* Poetry Daily featured the poem “Heel” by Nance Van Winckel, originally published in the fall and winter 2008 issue of AQR.

Former Poet Laureate of the United States (2004-2006), Ted Kooser, has selected the poem “Winter Melon” by Jane Hirshfield, first published in the fall and winter 2008 issue of AQR, for American Life in Poetry.

* Poets & Writers Magazine (May/June 2009) print edition features a special literary magazine section that mentions AQR and quotes Editor Spatz.

Two 2008 reviews online:



To read an announcement about the latest issue of AQR: