Editor Daniel Anderson bid readers farewell in the final issue of Northwest Review (v49 n2). The Creative Writing Program of the University of Oregon website notes: “This was not an easy conclusion for us to reach. However, the current economic climate, as well as the rapidly evolving nature of literary quarterlies today, present challenges that we simply do not have the financial and human resources to overcome. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years – as readers and as writers – and we wish all of you success in placing your poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction elsewhere.”
The final edition is a celebration of the work of “poet, colleague, mentor, and friend” Charles Wright and includes poetry by Charles Wright, poetry in tribute to Charles Wright (Yusef Komunyakaa, James Tate, Charles Simic), reminiscences about Charles Write (James Tate, Chase Twichell, Ann Beattie, David Young, Adrienne Su, Mark Strand), essays on Charles Wright (Garrett Hongo, Mark Jarman), two symposium sections with a dozen works, and a final section of appreciations for Charles Wright (Michael Collier, Edward Hirsch, Aaron Baker, Dave Smith, Jahan Ramazani). Additionally, there is a final contribution of poetry to close this final issue of Northwest Review.