Bear Review is a reader’s stash of literary magazines in a hollow trunk in the woods.

Or, Bear Review is a journal in which readers wake to strange yet welcoming animal sounds outside their vestibules.

Or, Bear Review is a journal in which readers tend a seed bed for books.

And, Bear Review keeps a reader’s quiet fires stoked throughout the coldest nights.

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Co-founding Co-editors

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Marcus Myers lives in Kansas City, where he advises gifted & talented high school students, and he teaches composition to high school seniors and college freshmen. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Cortland Review, Hunger Mountain, Mid-American Review, The National Poetry Review, Pleiades, The Rumpus, Salt Hill, Tar River Poetry, TYPO, Yes Poetry and elsewhere. 

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Brian Clifton‘s poems can be found in BOAATWhiskey IslandThe JournalSoutheast ReviewPrairie SchoonerGuernicaThe PinchPleiades and other magazines.


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Andrew Reeves currently lives and writes in Kansas City, Mo. His work can be found in Four Chambers Press, PleiadesThe Ilanot Review and elsewhere


Co-Editor, Web Editor

Mason D. Arnold

Mason D. Arnold serves as the lead designer for Laurel Review in Maryville, Missouri, where he also attends college at Northwest Missouri State University as a graduate student. He has had work published in Northwest's student journal Medium Weight Forks and UTSA's Sagebrush Review.

Former Editors & Readers

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Former Web Editor (2018-2021) Haines Eason's poems have appeared in numerous journals including Boston Review, New England Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. A Ruth Lilly Fellowship finalist, he was a Chapbook Fellow with the Poetry Society of America. His winning chapbook is A History of Waves. He is also the winner of the Cream City Review Beau Boudreaux Prize for poetry. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, he now lives with his wife Joni Lee and their sons Jack and Oliver in Lawrence, Kansas. 

Former Poetry Editor Ruth Williams is the author of Flatlands (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2018) and Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, jubilat, Pleiades and Third Coast among others. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at William Jewell College.

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