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The Louisville Review, housed at Spalding University since 1998, was founded in 1976 at the University of Louisville by faculty editor Sena Jeter Naslund and two students. Known for excellence nationwide and abroad, The Louisville Review has recently published such well-known writers as poets David Ray and Michael Burkhard and NY Times bestseller fiction writer Ursula Hegi. From its founding in 1976, TLR also has fostered the development of new writers; a poem TLR published twenty years ago by Alberto Riós now appears in standard literature textbooks. TLR published the work of Louise Erdrich while she was still a student at Johns Hopkins. Receiving the top award of the Kentucky Arts Commission as the best literary magazine in the state with its maiden issue, TLR was the first literary magazine to give national exposure to local writers the late Aleda Shirley and Maureen Morehead, both of whom have gone on to publish more than one book of poetry.

The goal of the magazine continues to be to import the best writing to local readers, to juxtapose the work of established writers with new writers, and to export the best local writers to a national readership. Each poem and story submitted toTLR is judged entirely on its own merit whether the author is already nationally known or previously unpublished.

In 1996, to celebrate twenty years of continuous magazine publication, the Fleur-de-Lis Press was launched. To date, sixteen books have been published—thirteen of them "first" books, including The Real, True Angel by Robin Lippincott, Staying Found by Martha Christina, Laughing Sickness by Kathleen Driskell, Silk Weather by Alan Naslund, It Was the Goodness of the Place by Lucinda Dixon Sullivan, and The Triangle Pose Mary Welp, and more. David Jauss's You Are Not Here, was the winner of Fleur-de-Lis's national poetry contest in 2002. These books have received endorsements by prize-winning authors such as Maura Stanton, Maxine Kumin, Mark Doty, Melissa Pritchard, Silas House, and Fred Chappell and reviews of national significance in such places as the NY Times Book Review. In 2000 the press published Place Gives Rise to Spirit, a book of essays by Louisville writers. In 2005, Fleur-de-Lis Press issued High Horse: Contempoary Writing by the MFA Faculty of Spalding University.

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The Louisville Review
Spalding University
851 South Fourth Street
Louisville KY 40203

Or call us at 502-873-4398

The Louisville Review, a literary magazine since 1976.
Spalding University, 851 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203
873.4398 or email or fax 502.992.2409