Congratulations to the Winners of our Summer Issue “Heat” Theme Contest

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

The Baltimore Review editors are pleased to announce the winners of our Summer Issue “Heat” theme contest. We hope that readers will enjoy the winning story and poems as much as we do. All appear in our Summer Issue online and will appear in our annual print collection in… Read more »


Shedding the Carapace of Capital-M Meaning

by Sam Schmidt

Messages By Piotr Gwiazda Pond Road Press 2012   I began reading Piotr Gwiazda's second book of poems, Messages, just out from Pond Road Press, with the suspicion that parts of it would be difficult. Maybe it was the abstract cover design, or maybe the fact that Gwiazda teaches… Read more »


Umberto’s Night by Kathleen Hellen to be published by WWPH

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

From North Avenue and Fells Point to the old mill towns in Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley, Umberto's Night—the 2012 winner of The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House— is BR Senior Editor Kathleen Hellen's ghost-walk through the post-inustrial landscape. It will be published by WWPH in… Read more »


What We’re Reading

by Elise Burke

So what are The Baltimore Review editors reading? Besides submissions. Well, we're always reading submissions, and we love submissions. Especially your submissions. Yes, you. Don't get us wrong. We haven't forgotten you. It's just--sometimes we need a night out with someone new. A tryst, a fling, a one-night stand.… Read more »


On False Starts and Detours

by Edward Belfar

William Faulkner claimed to have written As I Lay Dying in six weeks while working at a power plant. I sometimes take that long just to get warmed up. For me, writing fiction is often a slow and difficult process, plagued with false starts and detours.  Even the false… Read more »


Writing about War: There’s Room for Fiction, Too

by Nate Haken

I’m sitting in the Amsterdam airport lounge, drinking another espresso, watching broadcasters broadcast news of massacres in Syria on TV.  I’m on my way back to Washington from Nigeria, where I work on issues of conflict assessment, early warning, and prevention.  There’s a ton of content being churned out… Read more »


Announcing the final judge for our summer contest - Jean McGarry

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

We are pleased to announce that Jean McGarry http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/faculty_directory/mcgarry.html has agreed to serve as the final judge for our summer contest. Please submit contest entries in all genres--fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction-- through the Contest link on the submissions page. Deadline extended through May 31.

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BR HEAT theme contest deadline extended until May 31

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

Why? Because Walt Whitman was born on May 31? Because William Faulker published "The Kid Learns" in 1925 and "The Tall Men" in 1941--both on May 31? Because this is the day in 1957 Arthur Miller was convicted for refusing give up the names of alleged Communist writers? Because on that day in… Read more »


BR Contributor Kathleen Toomey Jabs, 10 Years Later: Black Wings

by Barbara Westwood Diehl and Kathleen Toomey Jabs

In 2002, The BR was proud to publish "You Have to Stand for Something" by Kathleen Toomey Jabs. Now, the BR is proud to have Kathleen as a guest on the BR blog. Congratulations on the publication of your novel, Kathleen! Kathleen shares her story: “You Have to Stand… Read more »


Spring Issue Fever

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

A father falling from the sky, angels playing horns, holy spume, a murder of crows, grass tall as a tornado, hundreds of razorblack wings, a dismantled sun, a touch of ice, a line scratched into the horizon, a broth of sin and bliss, girls in yellow bikinis, professor curtis, a wife's discipline,… Read more »