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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Blue Mesa Review to Begin Paying Contributors

To continue Blue Mesa Review’s commitment to supporting the literary community, the magazine will start paying contributors beginning with the Spring 2017 issue. Previously, the magazine’s contributor payments were limited to the annual summer contest winners. Regular contributors should expect… Continue Reading

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2016 Summer Contest Judges!

We are excited to announce the 2016 Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest judges! Send us your best work in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Our Poetry judge is Ocean Vuong! Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper… Continue Reading

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Women in Clothes: The Perfect Holiday Read

A couple of weeks ago, right before finals, and papers, and grading, I made a not all too uncommon, much needed stress-relieving trip to T.J. Maxx. I went under the guise of Christmas shopping, and while I did buy something… Continue Reading

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Xylotheque: Essays by BMR Contributor Yelizaveta P. Renfro

Yelizaveta Renfro’s essay, “Lithodendron,” was published in BMR No. 25. We are thrilled to announce that her book of essays, Xylotheque, which includes “Lithodendron,” will be out next month from UNM Press and is currently out on Kindle and Nook. We… Continue Reading

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Weekend Reads from the BMR Staff

Ben Dolan, Editor-in-Chief: Columbine by Dave Cullen   Christina Glessner, Managing Editor: Kenyon Review‘s Winter 2014 Issue (Volume XXXVI, Number 1)   Jill Dehnert, Associate Editor: Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro (forthcoming in May, St. Martin’s Press)   Sarah Sheesley,… Continue Reading

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