Founded in 1980 by New York-based poet Philip Fried, The Manhattan
Review has won praise for its balance of American and international
poetry, its distinguished interview series, and its many firsts.
The Library Journal placed MR in its "highly recommended"
category, and the New Magazine Review saluted MR for combining
"strong translations with poetry written by those whose roots
lie buried in American soil."
MR staked out a position early on as a venue for new voices. Called
"adventurous and quick to get to the new" by the editor
of Agni, MR was the first American journal to publish an
interview with Polish poet and dissident Stanislaw Baranczak (1981).
It was one of the first journals to devote a whole issue to renowned
Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert (Winter 1984-5). MR began to publish
the work of Chinese dissident poet Bei Dao as early as 1990. And
in 1994, MR launched an unprecedented nationwide campaign that increased
the number of poetry reviews in The New York Times.
For many years now, and especially in the last decade, MR has endeavored to publish the best contemporary British poetry alongside the work of excellent American poets. By doing so in a routine manner, as well as in a special feature format, MR has tried to bridge the gap between poetries divided by an ocean and a common language.
With Volume 10, no. 2 (Winter 2003), MR initiated a new section
entitled Prose on Poetry. This section offers a variety of essays on poetry, including opinion pieces, reminiscences, and critical studies, as well as reviews of poetry books, CDs, and Web sites.
Philip Fried, the founding editor of The Manhattan Review,
has published six books of poetry: Mutual Trespasses (Ion, 1988), Quantum Genesis (Zohar, 1997), Big Men Speaking to Little Men (Salmon, 2006), Cohort (Salmon, 2009), Early/Late: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, 2011), and Interrogating Water (Salmon, 2014). In the fall of 2016, Salmon will bring out Squaring the Circle. Fried has also collaborated
with his wife, the photographer Lynn Saville, on a book of poetry
and photographs entitled Acquainted with the Night (Rizzoli,
1997). His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in such magazines
as Partisan Review, Paris Review, Tin House,
Poetry Northwest, Barrow Street, New Orleans Review,
and Chelsea. And his poems have appeared in a number of anthologies,
including Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets,
And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century, and 200l:
A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology, and Four American Poets, edited by Anthony Costello (The High Window Press, UK, 2016).
Lynn Saville, the cover editor, is a night landscape photographer
whose work has been internationally exhibited and collected. She is represented
by the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City, where her photograph String of Lights was exhibited in a summer, 2016, group show titled Lux, the Radiant Sea , alongside work by Lee Friedlander, Mitch Epstein, and James Welling, among others. Her monographs include Acquainted with the Night (Rizzoli, 1997);Night/Shift (Monacelli/Random House, 2009), with an introduction by Arthur C. Danto; and Dark City: Urban America at Night (Damiani, 2015). In the fall of 2016, Saville's work was exhibited in a solo show at baudoin lebon in Paris. For more information about her photography, go to lynnsaville.com.