Our Legacy
Red River Review started in 1999 as an experiment in web publishing. In internet years, it was the 1950's compared to today. At the time, poetry on the web was mostly self-published or non-juried sites where anyone could post their poetry and consider it published. My aim was to prove that a juried literary journal could publish on a consistent schedule and maintain a respectable level of literary merit.

Thirty-four issues were published between 1999 and 2007. On average nearly 600 poems were submitted each quarter. And each year we nominated poets for the Pushcart Prize.

By the time I ceased publication in 2007, there were a multitude of journals publishing on the web. The respectability and acceptance of web publishing had grown and I'm proud that Red River was a part of that.

In 2010 my friend and fellow poet, Michelle Hartman convinced me to bring back Red River Review. She is a skilled editor and my role is now focused solely on the technology and publishing aspects of the project.


Statement of Purpose

Our purpose has always been to publish well-crafted poetry using the best electronic means available. Our highest priority is the quality of writing. We will also post companion media pieces such as artwork, video the published poem being read by the author and other mixed media items that the editors agree are relevant. Again, our highest priority is the written word. Everything else is secondary.

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Welcome to our 62th issue!

FEBRUARY 2017 Issue

It’s that time again, nights are long and dark, and our waist lines and credit card bills are way too large. We have a new President and no seems happy about anything. It is tough to put out a journal that will soften these hardships. But I think we have a good start to easing your burdens. Some old names and some new and even a few political poems just to put a little pep in the gumbo! Our feature this time is Loretta Diane Walker who won the 2016 Phyllis Wheatley Book Award for poetry, for her collection, In This House. Her manuscript Word Ghetto won the 2011 Bluelight Press Book Award. Loretta was named “Statesman in the Arts” by the Heritage Council of Odessa. Her work is amazing, so enjoy

Festivals have started up again and I’m back on the road. You follow us on Facebook and come out and meet and greet. Or just enjoy the writing suggestions on Facebook.

Finally, we had to say goodbye to a friend of the arts in December of 2016. Just before midnight that horrible year snatched a well-known poet from the Texas area, Solana (Sunny) d’Lamant. Poet, Friend, Humanitarian, Vermont College of Fine Arts graduate 2002 in Poetry and The University of Texas at Dallas Masters graduate. Here are links to her work on previous issues of RRR.

Another language 04. FEBRUARY 00
Sylvia's Fire 04. FEBRUARY 00
Largo 13. MAY 02
Michelle Hartman

We are accepting submissions for our 62st Issue - May 2017 issue.

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Banner pictures of the Red River contributed by Bob McCranie & David Kozlowski. Used with permission.

Red River Review is proud to announce the recent publication of Editor, Michelle Hartman’s book, Irony and Irreverence. Her second book with Lamar University Press, the book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

In this, the second full collection of poems by Michelle Hartman, she continues the breathtakingly honest, articulate, insightful, bawdy, hilarious, revelatory, and incomparably zany “diatribe” which she so poignantly launched with Disenchanted and Disgruntled. Nothing escapes her incisive, ironic eye, not even her own hallowed art of poetry. I know of no other poet writing today who can blend mistresses, Robert Hass, social injustice, Pavlov, adultery, Ted Cruz, inbreeding, Buddha, feminism, John Donne, legal chicanery, W. S. Merwin, Chupacabra, and countless additional and seemingly disparate ingredients into a “poetic stew” so gourmet and delectable.

Larry D. Thomas
Member, Texas Institute of Letters
2008 Texas Poet Laureate

This book is a wonderful follow-up to Disenchanted and Disgruntled. Nothing seems off-limits for Michelle Hartman, and her wit is sharper than an ex-wife’s tongue. These poems are sure to leave the reader both enchanted and grunted.

Jerry Bradley, author of the Importance of Elsewhere and Crownfeathers and Effigie.

Red River Review is proud to announce the recent publication of Editor, Michelle Hartman’s book, Disenchanted and Disgruntled. While the book is poetry; they are poetic observations on Society and Politics in the world today. Using fairy tales and other "myths" to hold up and smash our most dearly held ideas.

Jerry Bradley of Concho River Review, wrote, "Disenchanted and Disgruntled is a delightfully wicked collection: deliciously seditious and satisfyingly morbid. For Michelle Hartman, modern life is as grim as any fairy tale but even more amusing. And when she asserts that the “only man to make magic/with your body/will be a mortician,” you believe she's on both ends of the scalpel!"

And, Hartman reminds the reader of Sylvia Plath, had Dorothy Parker been her mother, reminding us that the difference between “love and hate is backswing,” always written in that wonderful particularity that Pound called “no ideas but in things.” Read this, and look in the mirror. Jeffrey DeLotto, PhD English – Texas Wesleyan University and author of Days of a Chameleon and Writ in Sand

From Lamar University Press, the book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.