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Mission & History
 
Since its founding in 1956 at The University of Tulsa, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry’s mission has been the discovery, development, and promotion of new writing.
 
On a national and international scale, Nimrod helps new writers find their audiences through publication in our semiannual journal. We offer new and promising work that may be unfamiliar to readers, such as writing from countries not well represented in the American mainstream, writing in translation, and writing from people of under-represented ages, races, and sexual identities. 
 
On a local scale, we sponsor writing workshops, readings, and classes to help illuminate the writing craft, and to allow readers direct contact with writers both well-known and newly-discovered. Our strong base at The University of Tulsa, as well as our dedicated Advisory Board, allows us to partner with other national and local organizations in many of our programs, reaching writers and readers of all demographics.
 
On a personal scale, we continue our longstanding dedication to a full review of every submission to Nimrod by at least two readers from our Editorial Board.  We also remain committed to responding personally to the hundreds of submissions we receive, often offering direct editorial feedback geared to helping writers expand their craft. 
 
Nimrod supports and defends the literary tradition of small magazines, spotlighting lesser-known poets and writers and providing foundations for their literary careers. We promote a living literature, believing that it is possible to search for, recognize, and reward contemporary writing of imagination, substance, and skill.
 
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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