Publisher's description: Begun by novelist and short-story writer Dr. Terry Dalrymple in 1987, Concho River Review is a biannual literary journal published by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University. Since its inception, CRR has prided itself on publishing some of the finest short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Although originally designed as a forum for Texas writers, over the years its reach and interests have extended well beyond Texas and the Southwest.
In the words of our former editor Mary Ellen Hartje, CRR aims to provide its readers with “escape, insight, laughter, and inspiration.” Any stories or poems that achieve these aims can be published, but we prefer stories with a clear sense of conflict and well-defined characters and poems that are aurally pleasing and studded with powerful, precise images and diction. The nonfiction we publish comprises literary essays, memoirs, and interviews with prominent authors; most interviews are solicited, as they feature the guest writer at Angelo State’s Writers Conference, conducted in February of each year. We also publish about eight or ten book reviews in each issue, mostly on recent releases from small and university presses across the Southwest.