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Harvard Review Emerges on Literary Scene:
Essay and Story Chosen for Best American Series

Under new leadership; publishing contributions from such eminent figures as John Ashbery, Seamus Heaney, Helen Vendler, John Updike, and David Mamet; and now with national recognition from the Best American Series, the literary journal Harvard Review is emerging as a significant contributor to the national literary scene. The journal, which features short fiction, poetry, essays, criticism, and reviews, publishes both well-known and new writers, both the familiar and the far-reaching.

The creative force behind Harvard Review is Christina Thompson, daughter of Lawrence E. Thompson, Emeritus Professor at Harvard Business School, and most recently from Australia, where she was editor of the prestigious Australian literary journal Meanjin. Taking the reins from Review founder Stratis Haviaras in 2000 when the journal was less than a decade old, Thompson has stressed incorporating a breadth of styles, sentiments, and art forms into the editorial mix. An essayist herself, she has an eye for the unique, and readers of recent issues have been treated to never-before-seen portraits by Ellsworth Kelly, a new translation of one of Korea's most famous short stories, poems by Michael S. Harper and Lyn Hejinian, and essays from Afghanistan and Israel.

Harvard Review accepts submissions and also commissions pieces from authors. Thompson and her editorial staff pore through hundreds of manuscripts each month to select material. Recently, the journal received national recognition when two pieces first published in the Review were chosen for the annual collections The Best American Short Stories 2003 and The Best American Essays 2003 (Houghton Mifflin), to be published in October. Both from Issue 22, Spring 2002, the selections are the essay "Lavender" by André Aciman and the short story "Heaven Lake" by Jess Row.

The Harvard Review editorial staff includes: Don Share, poetry; Grace Dane Mazur, fiction; Tom Cole and Robert Scanlan, drama; Prudence Steiner, book reviews; Roger Kizik, visual arts; and Erika Namaka, assistant editor. The journal is published twice yearly, in the spring and fall, and is available at select bookstores across the United States or by subscription.

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