About

New Limestone Review is the literary journal of the University of Kentucky’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

Established in 1986, New Limestone Review (originally Limestone) published work from internationally-recognized poets Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon and from many noted Kentucky writers, including Wendell Berry, Gurney Norman, Ed McClanahan, Frank X Walker, Maurice Manning, Nikky Finney, and Holly Goddard Jones.

New Limestone Review seeks to bring groundbreaking works of literary art to the web and to a national audience.


Editorial Staff

Henry Knollenberg

NLR Editor - Henry Knollenberg

Henry Knollenberg is a fiction writer from Des Moines, IA. He received his B.A. in English with the Creative Writing Option from the University of Kentucky in 2021.


Clay Shields

Clay Shields has crooked middle fingers, a floating clavicle, and is allergic to bee stings. He writes about central Appalachia, the opioid crisis, family, identity, community, deviance. When not at his desk or in a classroom, he can be found riding one of his bicycles.


Dan Collins

Daniel Collins is a Lexington native. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2004 to 2011, an experience that informs most of his writing. He lives in Lexington with his family, and he’s an emotional support animal to their dog, Penny. Daniel loves soccer, music, and the outdoors.


Faculty Advisor: Frank X Walker

Multidisciplinary artist Frank X Walker is a native of Danville, KY, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and completed an MFA in Writing at Spalding University in May 2003. He has lectured, conducted workshops, read poetry and exhibited at over 300 national conferences and universities including the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, Northern Ireland; Santiago, Cuba; University of California at Berkeley; Notre Dame; Louisiana State University at Alexandria; University of Washington; Virginia Tech; Radford University; and Appalachian State University.

A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, he is the editor of America! What’s My Name? The “Other” Poets Unfurl the Flag (Wind Publications, 2007) and Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium and the author of four poetry collections: When Winter Come: the Ascension of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2008); Black Box (Old Cove Press, 2005); Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2003), winner of the 35th Annual Lillian Smith Book Award; and Affrilachia (Old Cove Press, 2000), a Kentucky Public Librarians’ Choice Award nominee.


Former Editors

February 2021 – May 2022

Editor: Allegra Solomon
Editor: Peyton Howard
Editor: Kevin Bond


February 2020 – May 2021

Editor-in-Chief: Gavin Colton
Editor-in-Chief: Emily M. Goldsmith
Fiction Editor: Chan Kelly
Poetry Editor: Gabby Oliver


March 2019 – February 2020

Editor-in-Chief: Zeke Perkins
Managing Editor: Kimberly Glanzman
Fiction Editor: Michael McEwen
Poetry Editor: Dane Ritter
Podcast & Social Media Editor: Ash Baker
Web & Art Editor: Kaylen Rose


April 2018 – February 2019

Editor-in-Chief: Omaria Sanchez Pratt
Managing Editor: Isabelle Johnson
Fiction Editor: Taylor Sarratt
Poetry Editor: Tiara Brown
Digital Media Editor: Jeremy Flick


May 2017 – April 2018

Editor-in-Chief: Kate Tighe-Pigott
Managing Editor: Evan Arneson
Fiction Editor: Austin Baurichter
Poetry Editor: Sophie Weiner
Nonfiction Editor: Austyn Gaffney


January 2017 – May 2017

Editors-in- Chief: Jordan Hubrich & Amanda Corbin
Senior Editors: Chad Gilpin & Gary Thomas Smith
Interns: Chelsie Abney, Kate Heinonen & Julia Mikulec
Faculty Advisors: Julia Johnson & Gurney Norman