The minnesota review is a literary and cultural studies journal. A special emphasis is placed on politically engaged criticism, fiction and poetry. Issues are often themed, recent issues have examined the nature of academic publishing, academic celebrity and "smart" working class kids' experiences as adults or children within the educational system. The minnesota review originally published avant garde fiction, poetry and graphic work. Beginning with ns 18, the review began to acquire its politically consciousness reputation, particularly Marxism. Jeffrey J. Williams, currently publishes the review from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. and has moved the journal from an exclusively Marxist emphasis to a broader literature & cultural studies emphasis.