Department Publications

The National Poetry Foundation

The Department of English is home to The National Poetry Foundation, an internationally recognized center for fostering the study of modern and contemporary poetry. The National Poetry Foundation publishes numerous books on poets and poetry, and a scholarly journal, Paideuma.

Ursa Literary Review

Ursa Literary Review is a literary magazine edited and published by the graduate students in the Department of English. Ursa publishes a wide variety of work, including poetry and fiction by the graduate community, interviews with nationally recognized writers, photography, and visual art.

The Open Field

The Open Field is a literary magazine devoted to publishing poetry, prose, mixed-genre writing, and visual art by the undergraduate community at the University of Maine. The Open Field is run by a rotating group of English students in the creative writing concentration, who make all of the aesthetic and editorial decisions.

The Puckerbrush Review

The Puckerbrush Review literary magazine is published twice-a-year by the English Department of the University of Maine. A print-only journal, PR was founded and edited by Constance Hunting, and is now edited by Sanford Phippen. PR publishes quality poetry, short stories, literary essays and reviews.

Class Projects

Both undergraduate and graduate students in the English Department work closely with faculty to develop their skills as writers, researchers, and scholars, and to produce documents that would be candidates for academic or professional publication.  Some examples of student work are archived here.


Over the years, both undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of English have created independent literary magazines in order to expand the conversation and enrich the University of Maine writing community. Some last for only an issue, but most continue on for several, sometimes even after their editors have graduated. These include The Accompanist, Hemlock, Two Lavas, and Werewolf Glue.