News & Events

Renga for Obama featured in the Washington Post

Our "Renga for Obama" project was highlighted in the Washington Post! Read the article here.

HR poetry editor Major Jackson curates the "Renga for Obama" project. Click here to read the ongoing collaborative poem.

Harvard Review Salon Series: Lily King and Phillip Lopate

Our first Harvard Review Salon Series will feature Phillip Lopate and Lily King in conversation with HR Editor Christina Thompson. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 11
6 P.M.
Edison and Newman Room
Houghton Library, Harvard University

Urban Renewal: A Poetry Reading and Discussion with HR Poetry Editor Major Jackson

Thursday, March 9th, at 4:15PM: Harvard Review Poetry Editor Major Jackson will read and discuss his poetry as part of the Roosevelt Poetry Readings at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

For event details visit the Radcliffe Institute event page. This reading is free and open to the public.

Submissions Open!

We're excited to announce that after a brief hiatus, we've opened our submissions again, until June 1, 2017. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply; however, we can only publish a very small fraction of the material we receive. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to our submission guidelines. We accept poetry, fiction, essays, and literary translations. Happy writing!

Greater Boston Writers Resist

January 15, 2017 / 1:30–4:30 pm
Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library
Entrance at 700 Boylston St

Greater Boston Writers Resist will feature readings and performances by authors, artists, young writers, and special guests. In resistance to the divisive and increasingly hostile political climate, this event will re-affirm the unifying democratic pillars now under threat, such as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of worship, equality, and diversity. This event is free to all.

Call for Reviewers

Harvard Review is looking for reviewers of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. We publish newspaper-style reviews of approximately 750 words. If interested, please send clips or a brief writing sample to reviews [at] harvardreview [dot] org. Please specify areas of interest (genre, translation/language, region, etc.). We encourage you to visit our book review section before submitting.

Boston Book Festival 2016


Harvard Review will be on Copley Plaza in Boston for the Boston Book Festival Exhibitor Fair, Saturday, October 15 from 10 to 4:30. Come meet the editors and pick up a Harvard Review pencil and post-it! Editor Christina Thompson will also be moderating Fiction: Creative Lives, featuring Dinitia Smith, Dawn Tripp, and Elizabeth Nunez, 11:30 to 12:30, BPL Abbey, 700 Boylston Street, Boston.

HR48 Launch

Harvard Review was very happy to celebrate the launch of HR48 on February 3rd in the Woodberry Poetry Room with readings of The Dogs of Littlefield by fiction editor Suzanne Berne and Roll Deep by poetry editor Major Jackson.

Two Contributors Included in Best American Poetry 2016

Congratulations to Jill Bialosky (HR46) & Anya Silver (HR47) for their inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2016, edited by Edward Hirsch! Fantastic poems, fantastic people.

Q&A with NEH Public Scholar Christina Thompson

Read editor Christina Thompson's Q&A with the National Endowment for the Humanities to learn more about her current book project, "Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia"! For those who want even more, check out her blog at for old maps, research tidbits, and various updates throughout her year as one of NEH's inaugural Public Scholars.