1973: Two poets in a barn-the magazine's humble beginnings: Poets Michael Egan and Tom O'Grady find fonts of lead type and printing blocks in an old horse barn in rural Maryland and buy them for a few dollars from the owner. They decide to set poems themselves, letter by letter- and perhaps even make their own paper-to publish limited edition chapbooks of poetry.
1975: First edition
~1977: grants from the VA arts commission
wins the NEA Editors' Prize
1978: publishes poems by Miklos Radnoti, an Eastern European poet murdered by the Nazis
Publishes translations of Czech poet Jaroslav Seifert -the first time in an American magazine
1980-82: interviews and essays on poetry by James Dickey, William Styron, Willie Morris, David Ignatow, Mark Strand and Louis Simpson are included in the magazine
1984: Seifert wins Nobel Prize for Literature
1985: Seifert and Louis Simpson awarded honorary degrees from H-SC
1985: College establishes a printing budget and poetry residency position
1990: 15th Anniversary Issue
2000: 25th Anniversary Issue and Celebration
2007: Board approves tenure-track position for new editor/poet-in-residence
2007: New Library Celebration Issue
2007: On October 31st, 2007, renowned poets Molly Peacock and X.J. Kennedy read from their works.