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 66th issue!

FEBRUARY 2018 Issue

A couple of weeks ago I received some poems about horrific actions, taken against a certain minority. Problem was the poems were a bit ranting. So, I returned them to the author who promptly wrote back accusing me of racism. She also stated that RRR had printed poems about crimes against Hispanic, LGBT, and Blacks, but I was obviously against this group.

I could have gotten mad, but I really thought poems about this topic would be good for the journal, if well written. I grabbed a couple of stanzas and rewrote them to give them an example. Then I gave my best poetic advise: take these to a workshop group or a poetry mentor. They can step back and give you the perspective, your grief/anger will not allow right now.

Why am I telling you this? Some health issues recently have caused me to have to stop going to festivals and readings out of town. I really hadn’t realized what these gatherings had meant to me until I realized I would not be there this year. I thought of all the poems I’d written in workshops, hotel rooms, and receptions. Get out there and join the poetry world. Even if you don’t write, the pure creative synergy will sweeten/spice whatever art you are engaged in. Most important you’ll find people who will help you with those sharp edges, before you cut yourself on them.

And finally, I was lucky this past year to attend a workshop by the inimitable Jim LaVilla-Havelin, on writing short poems. I knew it had had a lot of influence on my work. But it was not until I was putting this issue to bed that I realized it had impacted my editorial choice this season. You’ll find some fantastic small poems in this issue. Many times, small is good - it keeps you out of more trouble.

Have a fantastic spring and I’ll see you again in May!

Michelle Hartman

We are accepting submissions for our 67th Issue - April 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.