“Black Warrior Review is named after the river that borders the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The city, river, and journal derive their names from the sixteenth-century Indian chief Tuscaloosa, whose name comes from two words of Creek or Choctaw origin—tusca (warrior) and lusa (black).” Black Warrior Review was established in 1974 by the University of Alabama Creative Writing MFA students. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art by known and emerging writers. Each issue of the magazine has a chapbook from an established poet. To read past issues and learn more about Black Warrior Review, visit http://bwr.ua.edu/.
How did you become interested in editing? What path led you to the position you’re in now?
I became interested in editing around my late teens, when I started reading the blogs of literary agents and editors: though these were mostly written for an audience of writers, I thought the jobs themselves sounded so cool that this career path shot right to the top of my list. During my time as an undergrad, I interned at a London literary agency for a summer and learned a lot during my time there. A couple of years later, when I was applying to creative writing MFA programs, the presence of a literary journal — and especially the prospect of working on said journal — was one of the things that really drew me to a program. It seems like the ‘standard’ route for MFAs is very much a teaching-based one, but even though I enjoy teaching and I like my students a lot, I knew from a long time ago that teaching wasn’t my end-goal.
How did you get involved with BWR? How long have you been working there?
I got involved with BWR w