About Us


In 1995, a small magazine, Thirst was born. The project of a small group of undergraduates, its goal was to discover and publish the best literature in the University of Pittsburgh community. Be it a small booklet, or a full-scale magazine, the students' sole focus was that it was comprised of work representative of the best of what undergraduates were producing.

Thirst grew, drawing more devoted members, and continuing to find the best of Pitt's literature. With the continuing support of the University of Pittsburgh University Honors College, it evolved into Three Rivers Review. This name change, however, is only representative of larger changes in the magazine itself.

Three Rivers Review Today

The literary magazine has grown to become a community-based establishment, crossing university boundaries and welcoming submissions from undergraduates attending all of Pittsburgh's colleges and universities. Literature is not relegated or restricted to a particular group due to its alma mater, and by extending the diversity of submissions, students' works may also be shared with a greater audience.

Throughout this entire process, Three Rivers Review has remained dedicated to the original goal of publishing the best undergraduate writing available. This process inherently leads to a battle against what Helen Vendler has termed "the invisibility of poetry in America to all but the converted."

With the stories and poems published here, Three Rivers Review has become a respected outlet for those students who are trying to say:

"Listen, literature is not dead; it is growing and breathing, gaining new voices and audiences. Progress is slow, if it comes at all, but those of us who have already been converted know the importance of striving toward a visible and penetrating art. And these are the places where it begins."

Three Rivers Review possesses undergraduate writers believed to have crafted unique and moving pieces of fiction and poetry. They are worthy of respect and deserving of a published voice.