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Mission & History
Nimrod's mission is the discovery and support of new writing of vigor and quality from this country and abroad. The journal seeks new, unheralded writers; writers from other lands who become accessible to the English speaking world through translation and established authors who have vigorous new work to present that has not found a home within the establishment. We believe in a living literature; that it is possible to search for, recognize, and reward contemporary writing of content and vigor, without reliance on a canon. For over 50 years and particularly since the birth of the Nimrod Literary Awards, Nimrod International Journal and its outreach programs have connected writers and readers worldwide.
Nimrod was founded at The University of Tulsa in 1956 as an outlet for student creative writing and art; over the next two decades it developed into a nationally and internationally acclaimed literary journal.   In 1978, Nimrod moved to The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa for seventeen years. In 1996, Nimrod returned to The University of Tulsa, its original home. 
Since its beginning, Nimrod has attracted original work from such renowned writers as Michael Blumenthal, Mahmud Darwish, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, S. E. Hinton, Sue Monk Kidd, Maxine Kumin, Stanley Kunitz, Ursula K. LeGuin, Denise Levertov, Pablo Neruda, Alicia Ostriker, Linda Pastan, Octavio Paz, Isaac Bashevis Singer, William Stafford, and Mark Strand, among many others.
Nimrod now averages 225 pages per issue, perfect-bound, with a four-color cover. When we look at the earliest issues of Nimrod— 32 pages stapled together—we see how far we have come. Selections from Nimrod have been included in The Best American Short Stories, Best Stories from the South, New Voices in American Fiction, New Voices: Poetry Prizes, Best American Poetry, and many other noted anthologies published by major presses. Nimrod itself has won awards from The Council of Literary Magazines & Presses, General Electric, The National Endowment for the Arts, and others.
Visual art has always been a valued complement to the written work, and here too, we boast discovery. As early as 1960, Nimrod published Daniel Lang, John McClurg, Johnny Arthur, Glenn Godsey, Alexandre Hogue (drawings and poetry), Olivia Hogue, Allan Houser—and a young R. C. Gorman, exhibiting some of his finest work.
In addition to the twice-yearly journal, Nimrod also offers programs for writers in Oklahoma and beyond. Our Conference for Readers & Writers, held each October, brings well-known and talented writers to Tulsa to teach classes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, fantasy, and more. We hold a reading each spring to celebrate National Poetry Month and share selections from Nimrod’s spring issue with the community in multi-media productions that are attracting larger audiences each year. Nimrod also initiated the Living Newspaper Project, a cross-generational approach that brings together students and senior citizens to share stories and writing and which still continues at Tulsa area schools.
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