What is Think?

THINK cover, Vol 5.1, Fall 2014
Christine Yurick founded THINK in the winter of 2008, and the journal quickly achieved a national reputation for strong poetry and essays. The journal favors thoughtful attention to form and critical clarity. In Fall 2013, the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado State University acquired the journal. It is now housed in the Poetry Concentration.

In keeping with its original mission, THINK publishes poems that emphasize craft as well as clear and compelling content. We are looking for metered, rhymed poems, in received or nonce forms, or free verse with a clear organizing principle. We read work both from established and emerging poets. Please upload 3-5 poems on at

We also publish book reviews and essays from the Critical Symposium on Poetry Criticism, which is held each July at Western as part of our conference Writing the Rockies.

Our current issue, Volume 5.1 (Fall 2014) includes poetry by Jennifer Reeser, Jan Schreiber, Julie Kane, Luke Stromberg, James Matthew Wilson, Uche Ogbuji, Maryann Corbett and many more, along with translations of Rilke by Len Krisak, essays by Emily Grosholz and Marilyn Taylor, interviews, book reviews and more.

From the Introduction to the issue by Editor David J. Rothman:

Every strong journal, like every good school, fulfills a need and forges a community. If you share our commitment to craft, to passion, to intelligence and to art, we hope you will join us, subscribe, submit, and help us to advance what we can do and be when we come together to THINK.

We publish two issues per year: spring and fall. A yearly subscription is $18; individual issues are $10 each. Subscribe!

David J. Rothman, Editor
Susan Spear, Managing Editor
Ernest Hilbert, Consulting Editor
Mark Todd, Consulting Editor
David Yezzi, Consulting Editor

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