THE BLOG @ TIR
November 27, 2013
I drove home to Chicago from Iowa City last weekend. Along the way I passed a bunch of cows, some flat raccoons, many semi trucks, and more French-named towns and doubles of foreign cities (Cairo, Rome) than you can shake a map at.
Here's how we say them in the middle of the country:
Buena Vista: BOON-a-vista
Des Plaines: des-PLAYnz
La Moille: luh-MOYL
Rachel Z. Arndt is an MFA student in the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa, and an editorial assistant at The Iowa Review.
November 21, 2013
Kudos to TIR contributor Mary Szybist, winner of a 2013 National Book Award!
Mary Szybist is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon. She is also a member of the faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
November 5, 2013
Congrats to former contributor Jason Ockert, who has just released his newest collection of short stories, Neighbors of Nothing (Dzanc Books). We haven't read it yet, but if the stories are anything like "Max," which appeared in our Spring 2011 issue and was a finalist for the national Shirley Jackson Award, we can't wait to score a copy.
Neighbors of Nothing examines characters who find themselves searching for new identities in worlds they no longer recognize. In "Piebald," parents assume the identity of their dead son; in "Everyday Murders," the sole survivor of a violent crime attempts to confront an online entrepreneur who sells football-style serial killer jerseys. Through odd, compelling, and sometimes futile gestures, these characters struggle against guilt and grief and the seemingly endless stretch of days. Influenced by absurdism and the southern gothic, Neighbors of Nothing offers intelligent and heartrending insights into the complex human struggle to exist with purpose.
November 1, 2013
Congratulations to all the winners of 2014 Pushcarts, especially The Iowa Review's own
- Ayşe Papatya Bucak for her story "Iconography," about a Turkish student's enigmatic hunger strike (Fall 2012),
- Sabine Heinlein for her essay “A Portrait of the Writer as a Rabbit,” which tells the story of the author's immigration to the U.S. through the lens of her kinship with rabbits (Spring 2012), and
- Molly Patterson for "Don't Let Them Catch You," about a latchkey kid navigating the dangers both real and imagined of her suburban neighborhood (Winter 2012/13).
Read their work in the 2014 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses anthology—or, you know, The Iowa Review.
October 9, 2013
The 5th annual Iowa City Book Festival begins this Thursday, October 10, and runs through Sunday the 12th. On Saturday, October 12th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., we'll be joining a score of booksellers (Prairie Lights!), publishers (Strange Cage!), and presses (Ice Cube!) on the ped mall in downtown Iowa City for the festival's bookfair.
Stop by and chat with our editors and score discounted copies of our new and recent issues or our fancy letterpress broadside featuring Alison Harney's poem "Hooked." Also, free Iowa Review pens!
The schedule, in brief:
Friday, October 11: A marquee event at Iowa City’s historic Englert Theatre that will include an author reception for participants.
Saturday, October 12: A full day of programming that includes readings, panel discussions and demonstrations related to writing and book arts, all held at venues around downtown Iowa City. Bookfair on the pedestrian mall, at College and Dubuque Streets.
Sunday, October 13: "A Day in the City of Literature” that will feature readings and activities at more than two dozen businesses and locations throughout the Iowa City area.