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Black Warrior Review, Robert Hitt


“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.


How did you become interested in editing? What path led you to the position you’re in now?   

A couple of years ago I enrolled in the graduate program at Western Washington University, and during the first week I heard about an informational meeting for Bellingham Review. I had sent pieces out to journals before, but this was the first opportunity I had to read for one. After the first year, I applied to be the Poetry Editor and got the chance to delve deeper into the workings of a literary journal, even representing the journal at AWP 2013 in Boston. When I got accepted to The University of Alabama’s creative writing program later that year, I was excited for the chance to try out the more business-oriented role of Managing Editor.


How did you get involved with BWR? How long have you been working there?    

During the first semester of my first year at UA, I read for BWR in each of its three genres: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. I wanted to become more familiar with the journal, and lots of reading was required for the M.E. job. Soon I