THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays

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Welcome to THINK ! Whether you’ve come to this page as a reader, a writer—or both—please consider becoming a SUBSCRIBER to the journal. We are only able to keep moving forward with the support of those of you who enjoy the printed word. Thank you!

A Brief History

THINK’s first issue appeared in the winter of 2008, realizing the creative vision of founding editor and publisher Christine Yurick. In 2013, Western Colorado University acquired the journal as part of its MA and MFA Programs in Creative Writing. In 2021 THINK became an independently owned journal under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Brian Palmer, who collaborates with a staff of dedicated and discerning editors. All involved volunteer their time and efforts.

What We Publish

In keeping with its original mission, THINK publishes poems that emphasize craft as well as content. We are responsive to metrical verse, to strategic rhyme, to inventive uses of nonce forms, and to free verse with a clear organizing principle. We look for writing that seizes and holds attention and rewards it with revelation.

We are receptive to well-crafted, nuanced fiction that explores and illuminates the human condition.

THINK also publishes essays dealing with the art and history of poetry, as well as analyses of poems and the works of important poets. While such essays often reflect extensive knowledge and scholarship, they are written for a broad range of non-specialist readers.

We appreciate and seek out informed, creative non-fiction, especially pieces that focus on the natural world.

Finally, THINK publishes reviews, including composite reviews (in batches of three books) of new collections of poetry. We believe these critical essays are interesting, inspiring, and edifying to readers and other poets. In addition, it is our way of advocating for the importance supporting poets (and the arts) by buying poetry!

Who We Publish

THINK publishes well-established poets and writers, but also emerging ones. We prize excellence over reputation.

The Future

THINK is a testament to our love of poetry in particular and literature in general. We are proud of the journal—where it has come from and where we intend it to go. While we present some poems and articles online via our website (thinkjournal.org,) we are committed to publishing THINK as a superior print journal for years to come.

THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays