English at Minnesota publishes two literary magazines. Great River Review is produced by faculty and graduate students. The Tower is produced by undergraduate students.
The longest-running literary journal in Minnesota, Great River Review was founded in 1975 at Winona State by Emilio DeGrazia. From 1996 until 2015, Great River Review was published by the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota, and edited by award-winning poet, Robert Hedin. Work published in the journal has garnered several Pushcart Prizes, inclusion in The Best American Sports Writing, and a Minnesota Book Award. In its new home at the University of Minnesota, Great River Review provides editorial experience for graduate students in English and Creative Writing (via a graduate seminar, ENGW 5130/ENGL 5090). Great River Review endeavors to bring the unique literary life of the Twin Cities to the rest of the world, even while bringing the rest of the world to the Twin Cities.
The Tower is an art and literary journal designed, edited, and managed by the undergraduate students of the year-long course ENGL 3711/12 Literary Magazine Production Lab at the University of Minnesota. Each year, The Tower publishes a selection of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork by registered University of Minnesota undergraduates.