of the Year"
--The Best American
"Notable Essays of the Year"
--The Best American Essays
Featured inPoetry Daily
Featured on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac"
Best American Fantasy
Best Creative Nonfiction
AQR selections have been reprinted in Harper's, Small Press and numerous collections.
Alaska State Governor's Award for the Arts
Tribute: “Alaska Quarterly Review Day”
--Municipality of Anchorage
Andres Berger Award
University of Alaska
Special Recognition CLIA Award
--Alaska Center for the Book
- "One of our best, and most imaginative,
-- Michael Dirda, The New York Review of Books
"That one of the nation's best literary magazines comes out of Alaska may seem surprising, but so it is."
-- The Washington Post Book World
- "Fresh treasure."
-- The New York Times Book Review
- "Alaska Quarterly Review is playing an impressive part in our national literature. Congratulations on publishing such wonderful stories."
--Laura Furman, Series Editor
O. Henry Prize Stories
On Liberty & Justice (for All): "If you look at these amazing photographs and you read the narratives you just opened the world for yourself."
-- Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC NEWS
"The magazine has a wonderful sense of place about it, and it conveys Alaska without being parochial. It's not pushing a particular agenda. There's no coterie of writers made up of the editor's friends. The work is original and fresh."
-- Stuart Dybek, Contributing Editor
"When all is said and done, Ronald Spatz and his crack team of editors put together one hell of a magazine. Read it cover to cover; put it on your coffee table; impress your friends. This magazine's so hot, it makes any number of editors in the lower-48 look like they're living in the ice age."
--John McNally Literary Magazine Review
"...Among the top literary journals in America... Alaska Quarterly Review is holding its creative course and staying true to its original vision of promoting new writers and giving a home to fresh voices on the writing scene. ...This is storytelling at its finest."
--Phoebe Kate Foster
PopMatters Associate Books Editor
"...all of America is far richer artistically because of the review's presence...a worthy stage for the serious works of all writers. I commend it and its contributors for its many achievements, and I know members of the U.S. Senate join me in wishing it continued literary success."
--Tribute to Alaska Quarterly Review
Senator Frank Murkowski U.S. Senate
"Congratulations for publishing one of the best among the literary magazines!"
-- Carol Houck Smith
Editor, W.W. Norton
"A national presence."
-- Patricia Hampl
"Good fiction shows us the inside of things--a community, a job, a relationship, the human heart. Great fiction can sometimes show all of these things working together; it lifts us briefly above the event horizon of our own day-to-day existences and gives us a dreamlike (and godlike) sense of understanding what life itself is about. Cary Holladay's "Merry-Go-Sorry" is one of those rare and always welcome stories."
Prize Jury, O. Henry Prize Stories
On AQR award-winning short
by Cary Holladay
"Adding to the poetry, fiction, and essays that the Alaska Quarterly Review has been publishing for twenty-three years, at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, the Fall/Winter issue of the journal, edited by Ronald Spatz, includes an eighty-page photo essay (eighty pages!) that is unique in both content and scope. In “Chechnya: A Decade of War,” photojournalist Heidi Bradner documents the Chechen Republic's decade-long battle for independence from Russia. An image of Russian soldiers searching a mass grave in Grozny is balanced by the image of a family returning to the shattered remains of their home in a Chechen village. The feature includes photographs from both sides of what Brander calls “Europe's longest-running but least visible war."
--Kevin Larimer, Senior Editor
Poets & Writers Magazine
Chechnya: a Decade of War: "Camera Amid Chaos"
--Anchorage Daily News
"AQR is an impressive publication, comprising as diverse and rewarding an aggregation of work as a reader is likely to find in any literary journal."
-- Patrick Parks
Literary Magazine Review
"I have been mightily impressed, paging through the submissions and the final selections, by the staunch way in which publications like Missouri Review, Wilson Quarterly, American Scholar, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Oregon Humanities continue to trust authors to write at length, and readers to take the trouble to repay that trust."
--Christopher Hitchens, Guest Editor
The Best American Essays 2010
"Alaska Quarterly Review is one of the top
ten literary magazines in the country."
-- Sherman Alexie
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