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Seneca Review, founded in 1970 by James Crenner  and Ira Sadoff, is published twice yearly, spring and fall, by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press.

Distributed internationally, the magazine's emphasis is poetry, and the editors have a special interest in translations of contemporary poetry from around the world. Publisher of numerous laureates and award-winning poets, including Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, Wislawa Szymborska, Charles Simic, W.S. Merwin, and Eavan Boland, Seneca Review also consistently publishes emerging writers and is always open to new, innovative work. In 1997, Seneca Review began publishing the "lyric essay," creative nonfiction that borders on poetry, under the associate editorship of John D'Agata. In that genre, we have featured work by Anne Carson, Bernard Cooper, Fanny Howe, Wayne Koestenbaum, Honor Moore, Mary Oliver, David Shields, Joe Wenderoth, Terry Tempest Williams, and many others.

Past special features have included Irish women's poetry and Irish prison poetry; Israeli women's poetry; Polish, Catalan, and Albanian poetry; and an issue of essays devoted to Hayden Carruth.

Reviews of the Seneca Review

Library Journal praises Seneca Review for having "a thoughtful, considered view that one rarely finds anywhere else."
"The current [Fall 2004] issue reminded me of an antipasto bar in a fine restaurant I recently visited: colorful, interesting, challenging, distinctive and robust—obviously not your mama's cheese dip." "New Pages" review, Fall 2004 Issue

Poems from Seneca Review are regularly honored by inclusion in The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. "Poets & Writers Magazine" feature Seneca Review in their September/October 1999 issue's "News and Trends."