Our Legacy
Red River Review started in 1999 as an experiment in web publishing. In internet years, it was the 1950's compared to today. At the time, poetry on the web was mostly self-published or non-juried sites where anyone could post their poetry and consider it published. My aim was to prove that a juried literary journal could publish on a consistent schedule and maintain a respectable level of literary merit.

Thirty-four issues were published between 1999 and 2007. On average nearly 600 poems were submitted each quarter. And each year we nominated poets for the Pushcart Prize.

By the time I ceased publication in 2007, there were a multitude of journals publishing on the web. The respectability and acceptance of web publishing had grown and I'm proud that Red River was a part of that.

In 2010 my friend and fellow poet, Michelle Hartman convinced me to bring back Red River Review. She is a skilled editor and my role is now focused solely on the technology and publishing aspects of the project.


Statement of Purpose

Our purpose has always been to publish well-crafted poetry using the best electronic means available. Our highest priority is the quality of writing. We will also post companion media pieces such as artwork, video the published poem being read by the author and other mixed media items that the editors agree are relevant. Again, our highest priority is the written word. Everything else is secondary.

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Welcome to our 67th issue!

MAY 2018 Issue

For the three of you out there who read my Editors notes; stand by for a confession. I can’t spell. This simple fact astonishes people when I announce it at reading engagements. Brain damage at an early age caused memory damage. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. As a matter of fact, I discuss it in my third book, The Lost Journal of my Second Trips to Purgatory. Which was also read by three people.

Not only am I, a bad speller, but I am pure rubbish at punctuation. My husband calls me the Comma Queen. I will go along not using any commas, suddenly realize my lack, and throw sixteen of them into the next sentence to catch up. But you see I am aware of theses short comings and I am judicious about copy editing by an innocent third party. Usually my husband or the college educated daughter. I stress college educated as it cost me so much money, to get a back up copy-editor.

I’ve always been extremely embarrassed by this lack of ability especially, given my chosen career, writing. But I no longer hang my head, draped in shame, as the highest home in the land, our beloved White House has embraced the linguistic ability of a third grader. Suddenly my failings are the celebrated topic of hundreds of Facebook memes. Finally, at the advanced age of sixty-two, I’ve arrived. I’m part of the in-crowd.

Wow, don’t we have something to be proud of! At least I seem to. So, to all my beloved English Teachers out there, who don’t read this anyway, I stand unrepentant in all my ignorant glory. (BTW hubby was at work and couldn’t edit this so it’s going up raw as the kids say). (Well, I did make the little red words go away.)

Loving this new era!

Michelle Hartman

We are accepting submissions for our 68th Issue - August 2018 issue.

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Banner pictures of the Red River contributed by Bob McCranie & David Kozlowski. Used with permission.

Red River Review is proud to announce the recent publication of Editor, Michelle Hartman’s book, Irony and Irreverence. Her second book with Lamar University Press, the book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

In this, the second full collection of poems by Michelle Hartman, she continues the breathtakingly honest, articulate, insightful, bawdy, hilarious, revelatory, and incomparably zany “diatribe” which she so poignantly launched with Disenchanted and Disgruntled. Nothing escapes her incisive, ironic eye, not even her own hallowed art of poetry. I know of no other poet writing today who can blend mistresses, Robert Hass, social injustice, Pavlov, adultery, Ted Cruz, inbreeding, Buddha, feminism, John Donne, legal chicanery, W. S. Merwin, Chupacabra, and countless additional and seemingly disparate ingredients into a “poetic stew” so gourmet and delectable.

Larry D. Thomas
Member, Texas Institute of Letters
2008 Texas Poet Laureate

This book is a wonderful follow-up to Disenchanted and Disgruntled. Nothing seems off-limits for Michelle Hartman, and her wit is sharper than an ex-wife’s tongue. These poems are sure to leave the reader both enchanted and grunted.

Jerry Bradley, author of the Importance of Elsewhere and Crownfeathers and Effigie.

Red River Review is proud to announce the recent publication of Editor, Michelle Hartman’s book, Disenchanted and Disgruntled. While the book is poetry; they are poetic observations on Society and Politics in the world today. Using fairy tales and other "myths" to hold up and smash our most dearly held ideas.

Jerry Bradley of Concho River Review, wrote, "Disenchanted and Disgruntled is a delightfully wicked collection: deliciously seditious and satisfyingly morbid. For Michelle Hartman, modern life is as grim as any fairy tale but even more amusing. And when she asserts that the “only man to make magic/with your body/will be a mortician,” you believe she's on both ends of the scalpel!"

And, Hartman reminds the reader of Sylvia Plath, had Dorothy Parker been her mother, reminding us that the difference between “love and hate is backswing,” always written in that wonderful particularity that Pound called “no ideas but in things.” Read this, and look in the mirror. Jeffrey DeLotto, PhD English – Texas Wesleyan University and author of Days of a Chameleon and Writ in Sand

From Lamar University Press, the book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.