Free State Review

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
Representative Authors: 
James Robison, Elizabeth Spires, Meg Pokrass, Rupert Wondolowski, Chris Toll, Elizabeth Carothers Herron, Edgar Gabriel Silex, Rue Matthiessen, Tara Stillions Whitehead
Online, Print, Audio, Video
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months
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Contributor copies only
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Subscription Price: 
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Free State Review is published four times every three years by Galileo Press/Galileo Books. Their motto is “Totally Limited Omniscience.” More John Waters than Chekhov. More Stones than Beatles. More Bowie than Jagger. But Joni Mitchell and James Brown more than anyone. Definitely start on the down beat! The magazine has its roots in Telescope which we published 1983 to 1990.

Tips From the Editor

Strange is not always better. Simple and clear are not always memorable, but it’s still possible to make a whole career painting daisies and irises (#vangogh). For 2023-2024, the editors are giving preference to poems which do not use the word “dancing” to describe light, and stories that do not use the word “because”—we are putting explanations on hiatus. Like the ghost says, “The job of the poet is not to explain the mystery. The job of the poet is to make the mystery greater.”

Contact Information

Barrett Warner, Editor
3222 Rocking Horse Lane
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Last updated: Feb 01, 2024