Students Launch Literary Journal

A national literary journal, Nashville Review, was launched by graduate creative writing students at Vanderbilt in April.

Nashville Review will be issued three times a year, in the spring, fall and summer. It will operate under a broad definition of literature, including fiction, poetry, comics, songs and films. Interviews with distinguished artists also will be featured.

“Anyone can submit,” says editor Matthew Baker, a 2011 M.F.A. candidate. “We’ve had hundreds of submissions and interest from 45 countries on our website.”

The first issue featured poetry by Rickey Laurentiis and Heather Derr-Smith, fiction by Pamela Main and others, and music by Sufjan Stevens and Tyler James, as well as interviews with poet Beth Bachmann and novelist Salvador Plascencia. For a full listing of the contents, please see the website.

Submissions were screened by Vanderbilt M.F.A. creative writing students, and no current Vanderbilt students were permitted to submit.

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