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 63th issue!

MAY 2017 Issue

Our current issue can only be described as an embarrassment of riches. We started off at a gallop with fantastic poems, so many that we didn’t pick a featured poet, so as to have room. You’ll see a few familiar names. But such wonderful new treasures from places like Australia, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, England, Scotland, Peru, and Canada. Whee!

I’ve been on the road since late January and our response times got a little long. At least long for us. But it was nice in hotel rooms to open the submission page and read great poems. It kept me going. I met great poets while I was out and about.

It’s lonely trying to sell poetry to people who think they hate poetry. A constant fight to drag poetry back from the ivory tower set, who’ve all but committed lyric suicide by vagueness. You can help. If you enjoy our current issue of Red River Review, recommend it to a friend. Especially one who thinks they hate poetry. Mention a specific poem so as not to overwhelm them. Let’s ease them into the crazy in your face stuff later. Rage against that dying light, for it is poetry and we need it now more than ever.

Also please follow us on Facebook. I’ve begun posting submission calls for other journals. We are all in this boat and I’m hoping to help my readers as well as my contributors. You will also get writing prompts and tips. Sometimes I just like to know someone is out there that digs poetry. Good luck and keep writing!

Michelle Hartman

We are accepting submissions for our 64th Issue - August 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.