The Georgia Review—the University of Georgia’s journal of arts and letters—debuted in 1947, promising a magazine “turning on subjects of special interest to Georgians, and all, as nearly as feasible, written by Georgians or people associated with Georgia .”

Over the next three decades, however, the Review gradually broadened its reach, even becoming an academic journal for a brief period in the mid-1970s.

With the Spring 1978 issue, an entirely new Georgia Review appeared, which contained the first indications of what would continue as its essential approach and format: an art portfolio, a full color cover, original work from the traditional three genres, and an extensive review section.  In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the extraordinary ability that a print journal has for community engagement and building, in Athens and across the nation, in classrooms, at festivals, and any other place at which readers can congregate.