"It was, quite frankly, an amputation."

--Jennifer Rosario Wong, "Apparitions"


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 …

Recent Interviews and Reviews

Review: From Old Notebooks
Stephen Thomas

Women Who Killed It: O Holy Insurgency
Joshua English

Women Who Killed It: Manifest
Joshua English

Women Who Killed It: Hymn for the Black Terrific
Joshua English

Read more interviews here and more reviews here.


Our tenth-annual contest is now open! Deadline is September 1, 2014. Click here for details.

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