Bear Review turned six years old Dec. 29; we had to say something about the milestone before the year turned over. Over beers that fateful evening in 2013, next to stacks of great books and beside decorative gourds, Brian Clifton and Marcus Myers started the journal with this almost mystical (maybe Quixotic) notion that poems needed us to get them out to readers.
Brian and Marcus began the journey together, but two-and-a-half years ago, as Brian applied to PhD programs and Marcus' work and personal life got more complicated, the journal added first Andrew Reeves and Ruth Williams, then Haines Eason (who revamped our look) to our editorial team. Just recently we added readers Barbara Varanka and Savannah Bradley to the team. The journal continues to become even more dynamic and connected to the ever widening poetry and prose communities and grows beyond our wildest imaginings. We have you to thank for this.
Thank you to everyone who has read or has contributed in some way to Bear Review. We exist for you and hope you will return to us in the years to come.
Lastly: Be sure check out our first brainstorming efforts pictured below—see how close we came to... Well, you get it.