Rooted in the nation’s capital’s suburbs, Potomac Review is the antidote to the scripted republic that surrounds it. By taking on D.C.’s values of international inclusion, Potomac Review looks out into the world from its lush Potomac River basin, collecting and absorbing the world’s literary diversity. Potomac Review seeks literature from emerging as well as established writers around the globe to facilitate in the literary conversation.
Founding editor Eli Flam launched Potomac Review in the D.C. area in 1993, declaring it “the quarterly with a conscience at the heart of the Mid-Atlantic.” The review relocated in the early 2000s to Montgomery College and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, where it became the biannual print literary magazine it is today.
In 2009, Best American Essays cited essayist Andrea Nolan as a notable distinction for “Edges” (issue #44). In 2010, Best American Essays also cited essayist Sue Eisenfeld for “Urban Refuge” (issue #45). Other Notable citations include:
Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 for Rebekah Yeager’s “The Couch” (issue #41)
Potomac Review participates in literary dialogue by attending and hosting national conferences. It has hosted the Conversations and Connections Conference in conjunction with Barrelhouse, Baltimore Review, and Johns Hopkins University. Every year, Potomac Review can also be found at the book fair and panel discussions at the AWP conference.
NOTABLE DISTINCTIONS FROM BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES, BEST OF THE MIDWEST, & BEST NONREQUIRED READINGS