In the Spring of 1977, esteemed poet and scholar Laurence Goldstein began his tenure as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Quarterly Review. During his first year MQR published interviews with Arthur Miller and Jorge Luis Borges, poetry from Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Oliver, and essays from Czeslaw Milosz and Walker Percy. By the time he stepped down in 2009, Larry had helped establish the MQR as one of the most prominent and respected literary journals in the country.
During his time at MQR, Larry was known for reading every submission that came through the door and personally responding to every writer, an unheard of commitment even in the days of mailed submissions. Today, we work to continue Larry Goldstein’s legacy of showing consideration for writers and for publishing urgent and challenging fiction, essays, poetry, reviews, and interviews from around the world.
In 2002, the Office of the President of the University established the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize in Larry’s honor. The prize has been judged by renowned poets like Linda Gregerson, Edward Hirsch, Laura Kasischke, Paul Muldoon, and Carl Phillips. The first Goldstein Prize was given to Paisley Rekdal in 2002 for her poem “The Structure of Pluto,” and since then MQR has honored the work of poets like Benjamin Busch, Albert Goldbarth, Haesong Kwon, and Adrienne Rich.
Join us in honoring Larry’s legacy at MQR! Larry’s time at the helm of the journal helped launch new voices into the literary canon and brought new readers to the journal. Our goal is to strengthen the prize in his name, while continuing to provide a prestigious avenue for poets to showcase their work.
Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary and international literary journal, combining distinctive voices in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as works in translation. Our work extends online as well, where we publish cultural commentary alongside reviews and interviews with writers, artists, and cultural figures around the world. The flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, our magazine embraces creative urgency and cultural relevance, aiming to challenge conventions and address long-overdue conversations.
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