Brian Barker is the author of The Black Ocean (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011) and The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in Blackbird, Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Ploughshares, and Pleiades.
That one of the nation's best literary magazines comes out of Alaska may seem surprising, but so it is.
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.
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