The Hopkins Review returns this fall after a hiatus of over half a century. Congratulations to everyone at JHU who made this happen.
Copies and subscriptions can be ordered from The Johns Hopkins University Press.
The original Hopkins Review was launched in 1947 by the Writing Seminars, then called the Department of Writing, Speech and Drama. The literary magazine back then was a thin paperback volume that sold for 25 cents a copy. Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer John Barth, a Writing Seminars alumnus and later a JHU faculty member, published his first story in its pages, which also included the works of such celebrated poets as Richard Wilbur and E.E. Cummings.
The magazine eventually languished due to a lack of funds and a dwindling number of full-time faculty in the department. It folded in 1953.
The resurrected journal, subtitled New Series, will be a joint venture of the Writing Seminars and the Johns Hopkins University Press. Its inaugural issue, to be released this month, also marks the 60th anniversary of the Writing Seminars, one of the most prestigious creative writing programs in the country.
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The 190-page quarterly literary magazine will publish fiction; poetry; memoirs; essays on literature, drama, film, the visual arts, music and dance; and reviews of books in all these areas, as well as reviews of performances and exhibits.
The magazine's editorial board will be senior faculty of the Writing Seminars. Its distinguished list of contributing editors includes Nobel Prize-winner J. M. Coetzee, novelist James Salter, poet John Hollander and critic Harold Bloom.[ . . . . ]
The first issue, Winter 2008, contains fiction by Max Apple, Donald Barthelme, Stephen Dixon and Erin McGraw; poems by Edward Hirsch, John Hollander, Charles Martin, Mary Jo Salter and Richard Wilbur; and essays by John Barth, Karol Berger, Millard Kaufman and Frank Kermode.
The Spring 2008 issue will include work by Barth, Michael Blumenthal, Claudia Emerson, Richard Howard, Andrew Hudgins, John Dixon Hunt, Brad Leithauser, Padgett Powell, Wyatt Prunty, David Slavitt, David Wyatt and others.
Congratulations to the publishers for an auspicious new beginning.