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 65th issue!

NOVEMBER 2017 Issue

It is our pleasure to announce Red River Review’s nominations for the 2017 Best of the Net consideration. They are as follows;

Loretta Walker, Offsprings of Extremes, Aug. 2016
Alan Berecka, The Capra Conundrum, Nov. 2016
Richard Zaner, A Sonnet of a sort, for our Times, Nov. 2016
Alan Gann, Hide and Go Seek, Feb. 2017
Sara Claney, Cannibal, May 2017
Cindy Huyser, Pendulum, May 2017

It is a privilege to work with such talented poets and I truly hope that you enjoy these poems. As usual we have an issue filled the best Southwestern poetry as well as international selections. Our featured poet this time is the current Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish. A firecracker of a lady who brings it whether it is reading, writing, or teaching.

I read in Galveston over the weekend and got to meet several RRR poets. I love getting to put a face with a wonderful poem. I’m off the road for a while to have holidays with my family and local poets. But in February, I’ll be turning up at the People’s Poetry at Delmar College, in Corpus Christie. Hope to see you there.

Happy holidays
Michelle Hartman

We are accepting submissions for our 66th Issue - Febraury 2018 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.