Boulevard was founded in 1984 in New York City and incorporated in 1985 as a nonprofit by writer Richard Burgin. Its first issue, published January 2, 1986, featured fiction by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, poetry by Kenneth Koch, and interviews with renowned composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich and an essay on John Dos Passos and the Soviet Cinema. By its third issue in 1987, Boulevard had attained national bookstore distribution, which continues into the present.
Boulevard has published works by generations of important writers and critics, including John Ashbery, Ann Beattie, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Jennifer Egan, Donald Hall, Alice Hoffman, David Mamet, Joyce Carol Oates, Carl Phillips, Francine Prose, Gerald Stern, Mark Strand, and others. Poet laureate Daniel Hoffman has called Boulevard “One of the half-dozen best literary journals.”
Boulevard’s headquarters moved from New York to Philadelphia in 1989; Drexel University in Philadelphia published the magazine from 1991 to 1995. In the fall of 1996, the magazine moved to St. Louis, and St. Louis University became its publisher, an arrangement that lasted until 2013. Burgin edited the magazine until 2015, followed by Jessica Rogen.
Founding Editor & Publisher
Richard Burgin is the author of 15 books and over a hundred songs and musical pieces. He is a five-time Pushcart Prize winner and three of his books were named 'Notable Books of the Year' by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Times Literary Supplement named The Identity Club as one of 'The Best Books of 2006', and the title story of that book was reprinted in The Best American Mystery Stories and in The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction. The Huffington Post listed The Identity Club as one of the 40 best books of fiction of the decade.
Jessica Rogen has a BA in English Literature and a BFA in Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, and she is a MFA candidate in Arts Management and Leadership at Webster University.
Dusty Freund holds a BS in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Missouri and earned his MFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2017. From 2015-2017, he was the managing editor of Natural Bridge.
Edmund de Chasca has a PhD in English Language and Literature from University of Chicago. His book of literary history and criticism, John Gould Fletcher and Imagism, was published by University of Missouri Press. He has published fiction and poetry in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies.
Peter Grandbois is the author of six books including the novel Nahoonkara, winner of the Gold Medal in literary fiction in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards for 2011, and the short story collection Domestic Disturbances. He is a professor of creative writing and contemporary literature at Denison University in Ohio.
William J. Cobb, Laura Kessler, Sally Van Doren
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Elizabeth Alphonse, Janee J. Baugher, Gabrielle Flnagan, Danielle Gillespie, Ryan Krull, Canese Jarboe, John Kuelper, Willie Lin, Rene Martinez, Bailey Moore, Dana Sprehe, Timothy Wombles, Carolina VonKampen
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