"Detached, I'd snort my notoriety. Spit pity and leave no trace."

—Tim Jones-Yelvington


Black Warrior Review is named after the river that borders the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The city, river, and journal derive their names from the sixteenth-century Indian chief Tuscaloosa, whose name comes from two words of Creek or Choctaw origin—tusca (warrior) and lusa (black).

Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of AlabamaBlack Warrior Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art …


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Listen: Bess Winter Reads “You Play with Dolls” from BWR Issue 41.2

Bess Winter’s fiction and non-fiction has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and appears in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, American Short Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, A Strange Object’s Covered With Fur, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She grew up in Toronto and is currently a PhD student at University of Cincinnati.


Review: This Boring Apocalypse

Brandi Wells 124 Pages Civil Coping Mechanisms Review by JOE LUCIDO “[Domesticity] is a thing that has not existed for decades. Domesticity is dangerous, like the science or religion. Domesticity has long been eradicated,” the narrator of This Boring Apocalypse, Wells’ third book, says, after a cat she forms of puss to keep her company crosses the street to live in another house…


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