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Boston Review is a bimonthly national political and literary magazine. The magazine covers, specifically, political debates, literature, and poetry. Boston Review also publishes an imprint of books alongside MIT Press.

The editors are Deborah Chasman and philosopher Joshua Cohen; Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Diaz is the fiction editor.

The magazine is published by Boston Critic, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and headquartered in Somerville, Massachusettsmarker. It has received praise from notable intellectuals like John Rawls and Henry Louis Gates, Jr..


Boston Review was founded as New Boston Review in 1975. A quarterly devoted to literature and the arts, the magazine was started by a group that included Juan Alonso, Richard Burgin, and Anita Silvey. In 1976, after the departure of some of the founding editors, the publication was co-edited by Juan Alonso and Gail Pool, and then by Gail Pool and Lorna Condon. In the late seventies, it switched from quarterly to bimonthly publication. In 1980, Arthur Rosenthal became publisher of the magazine, which was re-named Boston Review and edited by Nick Bromell. Succeeding editors were Mark Silk and then Margaret Ann Roth, who remained until 1991.

During the eighties, the focus of the magazine broadened and during the nineties became more politically oriented, while maintaining a strong profile in both fiction and poetry.

Joshua Cohen replaced Roth in 1991, and has been editor since then. The full text Boston Review has been available online since 1995. Since 1996, twenty-six books have been published based on articles and forums that originally appeared in the Boston Review. Since 2006, MIT Press has been publishing a "Boston Review Books" series.

Deborah Chasman joined the magazine as co-editor in 2001. Pulitzer-prize winner Junot Diaz is the current fiction editor; Timothy Donnelly and Benjamin Paloff are the poetry editors; and Neil Gordon is the literary editor. Simon Waxman is the managing editor and art director.


New Democracy Forum

The New Democracy Forum is a special feature of the Boston Review. It offers an arena for fostering and exploring issues regarding politics and policy. A typical forum includes a lead article by an expert and contributions from other respondents. Past forums have covered topics such as making foreign aid work, a strategy to disengage from Iraq, and new economic stress in the middle class.

New Fiction Forum

The New Fiction Forum was created as "a space for wide-ranging dialogue about contemporary fiction, a dialogue founded on a simple premise: that despite the intense commercialism of current publishing, there are original, vital novels published every season and readers to whom such narratives are of the profoundest importance". Past forums include fiction and reviews by Jhumpa Lahiri and Emily Barton.

Fiction and poetry contests

The publication sponsors well-regarded annual contests in both fiction and poetry. Past winners of the fiction contest include Michael Dorris, Tom Paine, and Jacob M. Appel.

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