Entering Our Second Decade with No. 11!

Fabulous fiction by Peter Orner, Aaron Francis, Karen Bender, Bill Roorbach; provocative, pulsating poetry by Ace Boggess, Richardo Pau-Llosa, Aliki Barnstone, Carla Panciera; gnarly nonfiction by Marshall Comstock, Melissa Cronin, and so much more. 

Cover and full color internal art by Canadian artists, Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, formerly known as The Royal Art Lodge.

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MAY 04, 2015

Starting on April 8th and continuing though April 11th, almost fifteen-thousand writers will be gathering in Minneapolis for the annual AWP conference. So what exactly is the AWP conference?


SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Check out this great video of Elizabeth Cohen talking about her last book The Hypothetical Girl.



The Saranac Review was born in 2004 out of four writers' vision to open a space for the celebration of many voices including those from Canada. Attempting to act as a source of connection, the journal publishes the work of emerging and established writers from both countries.

As our mission states, “The Saranac Review is committed to dissolving boundaries of all kinds, seeking to publish a diverse array of emerging and established writers from Canada and the United States.”


Featured Writer

Gregory Pardlo

The winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Gregory Pardlo, will be visiting SUNY Plattsburgh on October 23, to read from his winning collection, Digest, and earlier work. 


Born in Philadelphia in 1968, Gregory Pardlo is a graduate of Rutgers University, Camden. As an undergraduate, he managed the small jazz club his grandfather owned in nearby Pennsauken, NJ. He received the MFA from NYU as a New York Times Fellow in Poetry in 2001. Pardlo is the author of Totem, winner of the 2007 American Poetry Review / Honickman Prize, and translator of Niels Lyngsoe’s, Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace (Bookthug, 2004). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, and two editions of Best American Poetry, as well as anthologies including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a fellowship for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received other fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Lotos Club Foundation and Cave Canem. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia University. He serves as an Associate Editor of Callaloo, and is a facilitator of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.

Of the book, Pardlo writes, “My wife and I had just had our second child when I started writing Digest. The poems reflect my anxiety around being the father of young children. When I began studying for the Ph.D., I grew conscious of the way, mentally, I had to change gears in order to move between scholarly and creative work. I wanted to write poems that reflect how much I enjoy learning and sharing what I learn, and I didn’t want to have to ‘change tracks’ to write them. The poems in Digest grow out of that effort as well.”


Featured Artist

Adrienne Nunez

Interviewed by Kendall Tamer, SR Spring 2015 Intern  Adrienne Nunez is a talented and versatile artist who has worked with Saranac Review in the past. She has been a “featured artist” on our webpage, andshe did the cover illustration for our 9th issue. Recently I was given the opportunity to interview her for our blog, and I was over the moon about it. She was cooperative, easygoing, and best of all, interesting! I found the answers to all of her questions to be genuine and a great reflection of the kind of person she is, which is, very original.The following interview was conducted through email correspondence:1. When did you realize you wanted to be anartist?That’s a great question! I had to thinkabout this a bit… I don’t think my parents pegged me as a visual artistbecause I was also interested in science and mathematics. 


Latest Interview

Leslie Heywood

How do sports and the physical world influence your writing? Which piqued your interest first?

Being part of the physical world has obsessed me since I was very small, but that happened at about the same time as I discovered words. 

My mother used to go running in the mornings and I would try to tag along with her as soon as I could walk - just like the way as soon as I could disappear inside a book that’s what I’d do.  I grew up in a tiny town outside of Albany where we had acres of forest, ponds, and fields all around us. If I wasn’t reading a book I was swimming, ice skating, climbing a tree, or getting lost on a path in the woods. 

Words and physical movement were always conjoined for me somehow - the space where my muscles stretched and my lungs breathed (were) as protective and welcoming as the enchanted caves words made where I could just be still and escape from myself for hours. Both places were a fundamental grounding and at the same time a reaching out beyond myself.



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