The Chattahoochee Review

The Chattahoochee Review is a literary journal published four times a year by Georgia Perimeter College. It features fiction, poetry, and essays by regional and national writers. The journal was founded in 1981 by Lamar York, a professor of English. In 1997 Lawrence Hetrick succeeded York as editor.
The Chattahoochee Review has achieved a national reputation for publishing both new writers and established writers. Recently published authors include Michael Bishop, Nicole Cooley, Walter Griffin, Anthony Grooms, Seaborn Jones, Terry Kay, Marjorie Kemper, Marion Montgomery, Ron Rash, and Virgil Suarez. The Review has taken as one of its missions advocacy for writers from the Southeast, specifically from Georgia. The publication's staff not only cosponsors the Townsend Prize for Fiction but also works to foster a literary community centered in Atlanta and north Georgia. Despite its regional emphasis, inclusiveness is an important principle of the Review, which features writers from all over the nation and the world.
In 2003 the Review received the Governor's Award in the Humanities. In her letter of nomination, Wanda Yancey Rodwell, a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, observed that the Chattahoochee Review "is more than a nationally ranked literary quarterly. It is a cultural organization based on the idea of building community in Georgia among established and emerging writers, as well as educating the public about their work and literary values.... The Review's inclusive approach in its sponsorship of literary readings, symposia, and cultural programs has built a sense of trust in which diverse groups participate in discussion and debate."
The Review has published several single-author issues highlighting the work of important regional writers. A 1988 issue was devoted to the work of southern author and Agrarian Andrew Lytle. In the same year another issue was devoted to publishing Once upon a Time in Atlanta, a memoir written by Georgia native Raymond Andrews and illustrated by his brother Benny Andrews. Entire issues have also been devoted to poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A more typical issue includes a collection of stories, poetry, essays, and reviews.
Works first published in the Review have been reprinted in New Stories from the South, Pushcart Prize Anthology, Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, Best American Mystery Stories, and Utne Reader.
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Ruppersburg, Hugh. "The Chattahoochee Review." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 09 October 2014. Web. 24 October 2014.
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