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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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Read about us on Newpages and The Review Review.




Nikki Ummel is a queer writer, editor, and educator in New Orleans. Nikki has been published or has work forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, The Georgia Review, and others. She is the 2022 winner of the Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize. She has two chapbooks, Hush (Belle Point Press, 2022) and Bayou Sonata (NOLA DNA, 2023). You can find her on the web at

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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 Medium Weight Forks and Sagebrush Review.

Board of Directors

B Rivka Clifton – Director

Andrew Johnson – Assistant Director

Marcus Myers – Treasurer

John Raux – Arts Advisor

Jordan Stempleman – Arts & Poetry Advisor

Jose Faus – Arts & Poetry Advisor

Hadara Bar-Nadav – Poetry Advisor

Former Editors & Readers

Haines Eason – Web Editor

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Callie Smith – Poetry & Art Editor

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Andrew Reeves – Poetry Editor

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