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Seneca Review

About Seneca Review: Seneca Review specializes in innovative poetry, translations from around the world, and the lyric essay. Work from the magazine is regularly featured in annual anthologies.

Contact Information:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, New York  14456

Phone: (315) 781-3392



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: no Email submissions: no Reading period: 9/1-5/1 Response time: 8 to 12 weeks Payment: copies Contests: no Distributors: various bookstores ISSN: 0037-2145 Founded: 1970 Issues per year: 2 Average Pages: 110 Sample copy (postpaid): $12.50 Copy Price: $10 Subscription: $15/1yr; $28/2yr

Publisher’s Description: Seneca Review, (founded in 1970 by James Crenner and Ira Sadoff and edited from 1982 to 2006 by Deborah Tall, and now by David Weiss) is published twice yearly, spring and fall. Distributed internationally, the magazine's emphasis is poetry, and the editors have a special interest in translations of contemporary poetry from around the world. Publisher of numerous laureates and award-winning poets, including Stephen Kuusisto, Donald Platt, Robert Hill Long, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Seamus Heaney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Simic, Wislawa Szymborska, and W.S. Merwin, Seneca Review also consistently publishes emerging writers and is especially open to new, innovative poetry. In 1997, we began publishing the "lyric essay," creative nonfiction that borders on poetry, under the associate editorship of John D'Agata. In that genre, we have featured work by Anne Carson, Bernard Cooper, Fanny Howe, Wayne Koestenbaum, Honor Moore, Thalia Field, David Shields, Joe Wenderoth, Terry Tempest Williams, and many others.

Past special features have included Irish women's poetry and Irish prison poetry; Israeli women's poetry; Polish, Catalan, and Albanian poetry; and an issue of essays devoted to Hayden Carruth; a special issue on the lyric essay, and an upcoming special issue on “The Lyric Body.”

Library Journal praises Seneca Review for "a thoughtful, considered view that one rarely finds anywhere else." Poems from Seneca Review are honored regularly with inclusion in The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

Recent issues:

In 1977, Seneca Review made room for a cross-fertilization of poetry and nonfiction it called “the lyric essay.” With this special issue of SR (Fall 2013/Spring 2014), we are making room for a different chimera we’re calling Beyond Category—work that crosses bigger lines of genre and form. Not just between poetry and essays but between writing and visual art, between analog and digital. These hybrids and outliers will be a regular part of future issues.

This issue [Spring 2013] features work by Erik Anderson, Barret Baumgart, Sandra Beasley, Karen Brennan, Steve Coughlin, Daniel Donaghy, April Freely, Piotr Gwiazda, Jessica Rae Hahn, Sonja Livingston, Liz Howort, Joanne Jacobson, Philip Kobylarz, Len Krisak, David LeGault, Christine O’Brien, Dustin Parsons, Rainer Maria Rilke, Aylen Rounds, Sandra Simonds, Catherine Taylor, Erica Trabold, and G. C. Waldrep.


last updated 04/14/2014