The Evergreen Review

The Evergreen Review is a literary magazine that started in 1957, with Barney Rosset, Fred Jordan, and a few other people. Today it is currently published by John Oakes. John Oakes began working as the publisher in 1987. In 1987, John was an assistant editor at Barney Rosset’s Grove Press. They’ve worked with Samuel Beckett, Jean-Paul Sartre, Mark Schorer, and James Purdy.

Over the next sixteen years, The Evergreen Review “published writing that launched an assault on American propriety: literary, sexual, and social.” (About The Evergreen). They were able “to mix radical American voices from the literary and social fringes – Burroughs, Ginsberg, Susan Sontag, LeRoi Jones, Henry Miller – with a global cast of writers, many of whom were introduced to American readers by the magazine” (About The Evergreen). The Evergreen was seen as shocking and intriguing. It was known to have “some of the finest writing available, by writers whose influence continues to shape contemporary literature” (About The Evergreen). 

The Evergreen Review existed in print in 1957 until 1973. It then took a 25-year hiatus, and “was re-launched on-line in 1998, and then again in 2017” (About The Evergreen).

Under the leadership of John Oakes and editor-in-chief Dale Peck, The Evergreen has continued to build on Rosset’s legacy. The legacy “of searching out the stories that aren’t being told or aren’t being heard: stories that challenge our sensibilities and expand our understanding of the way people actually live in the world, and the way their truths can be expressed” (About The Evergreen).

The Evergreen Review is available free of charge in online format only. It features, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from new writers and established writers.

The Editor-In-Chief is Dale Peck. The Contributing Editors are Calvin Baker, Zia Jaffrey, and Porochista Khakpour. The Editor at Large is Miracle Jones. The Poetry Editor is Jee Leong Koh. The Designer and Developer is Poco Meloso.

I read No, No, Nanette: Hannah Gadsby, Trauma, and Comedy as Emotional Manipulation. It starts with three poems, then moves into writings. In these writings, they tackled topics of homosexuality and how it affects people. They specifically talked about how it affected women in comedy. They gave examples of Ellen DeGeneres and Hannah Gadsby. They talked about how being a lesbian affects their standup, how its represented in, and how it affects how they are paid. I think this is a great representation of the legacy of Evergreen. It has interesting and compelling stories. Stories that aren’t often talked about among people, that helps us better understand the way other people live. 

Work Cited:

“About.” Evergreen Review, https://evergreenreview.com/a/.

“No, No, Nanette: Hannah Gadsby, Trauma, and Comedy as Emotional Manipulation.” Evergreen Review, https://evergreenreview.com/read/your-laughter-is-my-trauma/.

3 thoughts on “The Evergreen Review”

  1. It is neat that the publication attacks questions that people often wonder about because the topics do not get addressed often in other forms of publications outside of the internet. It is unfortunate that the publication is available online only, however – I think people are more likely to find an article elsewhere without a print version.

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  2. Wow – I love this magazine. Visually it’s beautiful–though digital, there is an almost paper-like physicality to the design…so much art, so many layers and textures! Have you identified a particular author whose work appears across various issues, or are you identifying, say, queer identity, as a theme to focus your reading? I’m interested in the very long print run: this magazine has been there through the whole gay rights movement–from its prehistory in the fifties and through so many different twists and turns in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, through today. I would love to see a thesis statement, if you’d like feedback! Feel free to email it to me!

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  3. I think it’s amazing how the magazine you chose is still in print! I picked a limited one with only three issues that ended in 1923. Modernism really covered a broad timeline!

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