Which Came First: Alcoholism and Mental Illness or Writing?

  As a writer, but even more so as an indigenous writer, I’ve always been plagued by the pervasive image of the self-destructive, mentally ill, alcoholic writer. Think Hemingway, Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe. And these are just a few on… Continue Reading

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Official List of Our 2016 Summer Contest Winners!

We are proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Summer Contest! Poetry, judged by Ocean Vuong 1st Place: “McDonalds” by Anders Carlson-Wee 2nd Place: “Threnody” by Elisabeth Murawski 3rd Place: “Epilogue: Lend Me Your Teeth” by Alabama Stone Non-Fiction,… Continue Reading

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5 Things to Consider Before You Hit Submit: Thinking about your literary magazine submission from the perspective of a slush pile reader

If you are actively refining your work for submission into the literary world, praying each time you log-in to Submittable that this will be the time, then think about these things from the perspective of a lit mag submission reader… Continue Reading

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Best American Essays of 2015: In Defense of Cheryl Strayed’s Essay, “My Uniform”

I sometimes get sucked into reading Amazon reviews. For many products, they are helpful and warranted (see: Haribo Sugar-Free Gummy Bear 5LB Bag), but I usually stay away from any type of book review on Amazon because they can be… Continue Reading

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NATIONAL HUMANITIES AWARD RECIPIENT RUDOLFO ANAYA, AND THE ANAYA LECTURE SERIES

Founder of Blue Mesa Review, Rudolfo Anaya, is among a select few who will receive a 2015 National Humanities Medal tomorrow, awarded by none other than President Obama. The BMR staff congratulates Rudolfo on this well-deserved acknowledgment of his hard… Continue Reading

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