A Brief History of Raleigh Review

Rob Greene started what is now known as Raleigh Review on February 21, 2010, while completing his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. In nine years, Raleigh Review has evolved into a nonprofit organization that publishes an award-winning literary magazine and offers literary programs to a broad audience. For more details on our history view the interviews at Sapling and The Review Review as well as the highlights below.

Highlights:

  • 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 receives a special mention in the 2018 Pushcart Prize 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 – Raleigh Review began assisting in the launch of BRUM Magazine at University of Birmingham (2018-2019). 
    Raleigh Review is also assisting in the launch of Saint Augustine's Magazine at Saint Augustine's University.