John Quinn, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Gary Pullman, Pittsburg State UniversityFollow
Susan Nyikos, Utah State University
Steven Kunert, Oregon State University
Denise M. Rogers, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Bruce Wyse, Wilfrid Laurier University
Victoria Large, Emerson College
Kate Sweeney, University of Tampa
Jeremy Beatson, Florida Gateway CollegeFollow
Blase Drexler, New Mexico State University; Dona Ana Community College
Thea Cervone, University of Southern California
Victor Hawk, University of Central Oklahoma
Andrew Madigan, United Arab Emirates UniversityFollow
Ross Talarico, Palomar CollegeFollow
Akin Taiwo, University of Windsor
Dianna Calareso, Marian Court College; Rasmussen College
Jeffrey Arnett, University of California at Santa Cruz
Gail Radley, Stetson University
Gene Washington, Emeritus, Utah State University
Laurie Duesing, University of Louisville
Brian R. Young, Walsh UniversityFollow
Anne Stark, Utah State UniversityFollow
I.M. Chapman, Eastern Kentucky University
Natalie Ivnik Mount, Lewis University
Rebecca Leah Păpucaru, University of Montreal
Katy E. Whittingham, Bridgewater State College; University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Judy Shearer, Murray State University
Alex M. Frankel, Cal State Los Angeles
Nina Schneider, Bentley University
Rosann Kozlowski, Bridgewater State University
Norah Bowman-Broz, University of Alberta
Maggie Wheeler, Indiana State University
Jade Hidle, Orange Coast Community College; California State University, Long Beach
Susan Howard, Indiana University; Purdue University
Eddie Malone, Loyola Marymount University



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wordriver is a literary journal dedicated to the poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction of adjuncts and part-time instructors teaching in our universities, colleges, and community colleges. Our premier issue was published in Spring 2009. We are always looking for work that demonstrates the creativity and craft of adjunct/part-time instructors in English and other disciplines. We reserve first publication rights and onetime anthology publication rights for all work published.

We define adjunct instructors as anyone teaching part-time or full-time under a semester or yearly contract, nationwide and in any discipline. Graduate students teaching under part-time contracts during the summer or who have used up their teaching assistant time and are teaching with adjunct contracts for the remainder of their graduate program also are eligible.

Publisher Location

Las Vegas (Nev.)

Publication Date

Spring 2011


University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of English




Essays; Poetry; Short stories


American Literature | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America


Author biographies start on page 171.

An order form appears on page 179.

wordriver literary review is a publication of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of English. One issue each year is published in the spring. Copies are available for $8.00 (see the order form at the back of each issue). Submissions will be accepted year round for publicationin each spring issue (see submission guidelines at the back of each issue or online at

The views expressed within the pages of wordriver literary review are not necessarily those of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, or its Department of English. The University and the English department seek only to provide a venue for the publication of creative works by part-time, adjunct and full-time contract instructors currently working in university, college and community college systems worldwide.

word~river literary review (2011)