About Us

The Louisville Review, housed at Spalding University since 1998, was founded in 1976 at the University of Louisville by faculty editor Sena Jeter Naslund and two students. Since 2001, we have worked closely in conjunction with Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.

We have recently published such well-known writers as Stephen Dunn and Claudia Emerson, and NY Times bestselling fiction writer Ursula Hegi. From its founding in 1976, TLR also has fostered the development of new writers; a poem TLR published twenty years ago by Alberto Riós now appears in standard literature textbooks. TLR published the work of Louise Erdrich while she was still a student at Johns Hopkins. Since receiving the top award of the Kentucky Arts Commission as the best literary magazine in the state with its maiden issue, the goal of the magazine continues to be to import the best writing to local readers, to export the best local writers to a national readership, and to juxtapose the work of established writers with new writers. Each poem and story submitted to TLR is judged entirely on its own merit whether the author is already nationally known or previously unpublished.

In 1996, to celebrate twenty years of continuous magazine publication, the Fleur-de-Lis Press was launched. To date, eighteen books have been published—thirteen of them “first” books, including The Real, True Angel by Robin Lippincott, Laughing Sickness by Kathleen Driskell, Silk Weather by Alan Naslund, It Was the Goodness of the Place by Lucinda Dixon Sullivan, The Triangle Pose by Mary Welp, and more. Though a small operation, our books have received endorsements by renowned authors such as Maura Stanton, Maxine Kumin, Billy Collins, Tim O’Brien, Mark Doty, Melissa Pritchard, Silas House, and Fred Chappell, and reviews of national significance in such places as the NY Times Book Review.


Founding Editor:

Sena Jeter Naslund, fiction writer, is the author of nine books, including The Fountain of St. James Court; or, The Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman, and the bestselling novels Adam & Eve, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, Ahab’s Wife and Four Spirits. Sena is the Program Director for Spalding University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.


Managing Editor:

Ellyn Lichvar is a poet whose work has appeared most recently in The Journal, The Minnesota Review, Typo, Whiskey Island, and others. In addition to her work on The Louisville Review, she is also on the staff of Spalding University’s low-res MFA in Writing Program.


Genre editors:

The poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama editors change with each issue.


Student Editors:

Each student of Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program is an editorial reader for The Louisville Review.


Contact Info:

The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press

Spalding University
851 S. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203



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