The nineteenth issue of The Idaho Review, the annual literary journal of Boise State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, is now available in the campus bookstore and online at boisestatebooks.com or at idahoreview.org.
This issue includes new fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and its contributors represent an exciting range of voices, from established writers to emerging talents. Contributors include Rick Bass, Victoria Lancelotta, Brandon Shimoda, Nicole Cullen, Jackie Thomas-Kennedy, Amy Silverberg, Sanam Mahloudji, and Amy Roa. Many of the writers in the issue have appeared in top national prize anthologies, and their work has earned honors including the PEN Open Book Award, The Story Prize, and the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. The new cover art (Narwhal Rain) is by award-winning illustrator Bill Carman, a professor at Boise State.
“I’m super excited about our new issue,” said Professor Mitch Wieland, editor and faculty member in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. “We’ve read through thousands of submissions to select these eighteen new works. The issue makes for a fantastic read.”
Wieland started the journal at Boise State in 1998 and continues to serve as its editor-in-chief. The Idaho Review is edited and produced by Wieland and fellow MFA faculty members Brady Udall and Kerri Webster. Third-year MFA student Natanya Biskar is the current associate editor for the journal. MFA and MA students in Wieland’s graduate publishing and editing course help select the stories, poems, and essays for the journal, and assist in editing and proofreading the issue.
Stories from The Idaho Review have been regularly selected for The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South, and Best of the West. Last year, a story in Issue 18 of the journal won a Pushcart Prize, the fifth story to earn this prestigious award in the journal’s history. Past contributors include Joy Williams, T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Andrea Barrett, and Ann Beattie. The journal originally published the first work of bestselling authors Jennifer Haigh and Ben Percy.