World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma's bimonthly magazine of international literature and culture, opens a window to the world in every issue. Spanning the globe, WLT features lively essays, original poetry and fiction, coverage of transnational issues and trends, author profiles and interviews, book reviews, travel writing, and coverage of the other arts, culture, and politics as they intersect with literature. Now in its ninth decade of continuous publication, WLT has been recognized by the Nobel Prize committee as one of the "best edited and most informative literary publications" in the world, and was recently called "an excellent source of writings from around the globe by authors who write as if their lives depend on it" (Utne Reader, 2005). WLT has received a dozen national publishing awards in the past ten years, including the Phoenix Award for Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2002.
World Literature Today is an independent, not-for-profit publication sponsored by the University of Oklahoma, a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, and economic needs of the state, region, and nation. From its campus base in Norman, Oklahoma, WLT administers the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature, and the Puterbaugh Conferences on World Literature. These programs bring to campus such world-class authors as Adam Zagajewski, Claribel Alegría, Orhan Pamuk, and Patricia Grace, and these authors engage with students, professors, and other avid readers. The activity of WLT as a campus humanities center, in turn, enriches the magazine. The synergy among our authors, professional editors, humanities faculty, and student editors brings fresh ideas and new energy to the magazine – and keeps WLT at the cutting edge of cultural developments and important global issues.