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—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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Craft Essay by Shamala Gallagher, Author of “Mooncalf” from Issue 42.1

By SHAMALA GALLAGHER I don’t believe in “craft,” but I believe in self-frustration—blood-frustration that rattles the edges of the person and rattles its core. I wrote “Mooncalf” in a furiousness at the impossibility of writing it. I wrote in a rage of wanting to write….


Review: It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides

Jessica Richardson FC2 By MEGHAN TEAR PLUMMER Jessica Richardson’s first collection is as dexterously crafted as its content is deviant and feral. The collection gains its title from a line in the last story “Shush,” in which an unidentified group plunges…


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