The latest edition of the Cumberland River Review was released on January 15, 2014, by the Department of English at Trevecca Nazarene University. This online quarterly national literary magazine, now in its third year of publication, publishes new poetry, fiction, essays, and art.
Produced by students in Trevecca’s Creative Writing Program, this journal accepts submissions from national or international writers at any point in their careers. Featured writers have been graduate students and writers who teach graduate students. In addition to giving at least one writer his first publication ever, the Cumberland River Review has also published work by a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, a state poet laureate, and a winner of the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets Award.
The editorial staff of this publication is composed of creative writing students at Trevecca, who read, comment upon, and vote on the hundreds of submissions sent for consideration four times a year. “Based upon the student editors’ recommendations,” explains Graham Hillard, associate professor of English and the editor of the Cumberland River Review, “I reject a submission or hold it for further consideration at the monthly meeting of the editorial staff. At those monthly meetings, we look at the work that has received the most support from the staff and make final decisions. Members of the editorial staff have learned to be very selective; in fact, in its three years of existence, only sixty poems have been published from the more than four thousand poems that were submitted during that time.”
Noting that students who serve on the editorial staff do not receive course credit for their work, Hillard explains why students accept this responsibility: “They serve on the journal’s staff because they enjoy the experience and because they realize the value of listing that role on their résumés. After all, 99 national journals out of 100 have no editorial positions available for undergraduates. What Trevecca offers students who work on this publication is really a big deal!”
Students who served on the editorial staff of this edition of the Cumberland River Review were the following: Erin Wiese (managing editor), Elizabeth Baxter, Fallon Bechtel, Justin Cockrell, Grayson Dance, Emily Diehl, Joshua Flatt, Katrina Ford, Deborah Givens, Christian Keen, Crystal Martel, Andrew Raney, Jordan Taylor, and Jessy Walters.
The next edition of the Cumberland River Review will be published later this year, in April. To view the current issue or past ones or to learn more about this journal, visit its website here.