A Brief History of Raleigh Review

Rob Greene launched what is now known as Raleigh Review on February 21, 2010, while completing his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Since that time, Raleigh Review has evolved into a nonprofit organization that publishes an award-winning literary magazine and offers literary programs to a broad audience. Raleigh Review is a resourceful nonprofit as we are currently operating at half our already lean budget through the era of COVID-19. At the same time, we are still currently adding to our already prolific contributions to the literary arts. For more details on our history view the interviews at Sapling and The Review Review as well as the highlights below. 


  • 2010 – Raleigh Review incorporates as 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its first annual print publication is made available to the public.

  • 2011 – Volume 1 receives Best of the Net recognition (one fiction winner, three poetry finalists). Raleigh Review offers its first workshop with award-winning poets Joseph Millar and Dorianne Laux. Raleigh Review receives its first United Arts Council grant.

  • 2012 – Volume 2 receives Best of the Net recognition (poetry finalist). Raleigh Review's NC Poetry on the Bus program places writing by NC poets on bus placards on the Raleigh R‑Line. Millar and Laux teach another poetry workshop. Four readings are held by Laux, Millar, and other noted writers, such as Al Maginnes and John Balaban.

  • 2013 – Raleigh Review again offers NC Poetry on the Bus during National Poetry Month. Raleigh Review receives a Gold Summit Creative Award for cover design of Volumes 2 and 3. Five writing workshops are held with instructors such as Marie Howe (State Poet for New York) and Elaine Orr (noted memoirist). Six readings are presented, including NC Poets Laureate Joseph Bathanti and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and Betty Adcock, winner of the NC Medal for Literature. Unspoken Word Open Mic events are introduced.

  • 2014 – Raleigh Review moves to a biannual publication schedule. NC Poetry on the Bus again places poetry on
    the R-Line.
  • ​2015 – Raleigh Review receives grants from United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, NC Arts Council, and Caktus Group to support the Southern Recitation Series that presented writers such as Randall Kenan in 2014 and Malena Mörling in 2015, among others. NC Poetry on the Bus again places poetry on the R-Line for a fourth year.

  • 2016 – Raleigh Review Vol. 6, No. 1 and Raleigh Review Vol. 6, No. 2 poems from Matthew Olzmann's "Day Zero"
    and Lana I. Ghannam's "There is a stillness after you" received placement in the spiritual anthology
    from Orison Books. Raleigh Review assists in the launch of Lou Lit Review, the international literary journal
    in the Humanities Division at Louisburg College. 

  • 2017 – Raleigh Review launches the Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize in the middle of its Volume 7 biannual
    publication cycle. Vol. 7.1 and Vol. 7.2 are released on-time. Vol. 7.1 is reviewed in both The Review Review 
    and in Newpages. Raleigh Review Editors are interviewed in The Review Review.

  • 2018 – A Raleigh Review poem from RR vol. 6.1 ("Blood Sausage" by Lindsay Wilson) receives a special mention in the 2018 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Also, "Kything" by Traci Brimhall was originally published in RR 7.1 (2017) and was then selected for the 2018 Orison Anthology. Volume 8.1 and Volume 8.2 are released on-time. Raleigh Review led the launch of Lou Lit Review  at Louisburg College as they released their first volume.

  • ​2019 –  The short story, "The Good Confession” by A. Muia originally published in Raleigh Review 8.2 
    was selected for the Orison Anthology 2019. Raleigh Review ​was selected as a CLMP Firecracker Finalist in June. 
    RR began hosting a flash fiction prize in the autumn and continued to host the Laux/Millar poetry prize in the spring.

  • 2020 – Raleigh Review celebrated the first 10 years on the exact anniversary date of February 21, 2010. The event was hosted by Quail Ridge Books as part of the 2020 NC Book Festival. Readers/presenters included our team members Leila Chatti, Tyree Daye, Bryce Emley, Landon Houle, Rob Greene, Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar. The event was emceed by Heather Bell Adams. Raleigh Review assisted in the launch of minors in Literary Publishing and Creative Writing at Saint Augustine's University, and is currently assisting in the launch of Saint Augustine's Magazine of Universal Experience.