Founded in 1959 by professors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, and Smith Colleges, the Massachusetts Review is one of the nation’s leading literary magazines, distinctive in joining the highest level of artistic concern with pressing public issues. For nearly 60 years, MR has published the very best contemporary literature and art, from the U.S. and abroad, with an emphasis on work in translation and emerging artists.
This year, MR launched “Working Titles,” an e-book initiative for extraordinary prose that’s simply too long for our print pages. Recent Working Titles include Dinika Amaral’s fever-dream of Bombay in the 21st century; Eduardo Halfon’s chilling story of a family’s attempt to escape civil war in Guatemala; Gary Amdahl’s impassioned and very funny defense of the novel in the age of the internet; and a glimpse of the inner world of stewardesses, in Carissa Halston’s darkly humorous tale of feminist awakening in the (not-so) friendly skies. And coming soon: an investigation into deported veterans by journalist J. Malcolm Garcia, glimpse into Qaddafi's Libya, and new work by Veronique Tadjo and Michele Audin in translation. All titles are available from Weightless Books, Amazon, and Kobo for Kindle and other e-readers.
MR continues to produce Digital Chapbooks—collections of poetry and art exclusive to MR—available free on our website. This year, we’re digging into the extensive collection of art from the past 57 years, bringing back work by emerging and established artists and poets.
Your generous contributions will ensure that Working Titles and Digital Chapbooks continue, and will help support an updated redesign our website. This redesign will more fully integrate these digital initiatives, and will enable readers to easily access digital content, including our blog, MR Notes, and social media.