THE BLOG @ TIR
February 25, 2012
He seems to have had a good father.
February 24, 2012
What: 1913 Press, Canarium Books, & Iowa Review authors read from their new work
When: Wednesday, February 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: The Empty Bottle, 1444 W. Chicago
Join Dan Beachy-Quick, Srikanth Reddy, Darcie Dennigan, and Anthony Madrid as they launch their books with short readings, generous pours (cash only), and lots of smiles.
Then stay for the AWP Chicago Kick-off Party!
Srikanth Reddy & Dan Beachy-Quick, collaborators on Conversities
"The written 'I' is famously slippery, and never more than in this seamless collaboration that places the pronoun's definition at its constantly decentered center. In four distinct sections, all perfecting a language rich in intriguing specifics and delightfully sharp surprises, the collection shows two contemporary masters in a brand new light, creating a new 21st century poet right on the spot, and one with a particularly promising and important voice." —Cole Swensen
(Reddy's poetry appeared in our Fall 2010 issue.)
Anthony Madrid, I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say
Allusive, oracular, heretical, brash, learned, apocalyptic, astronomical, funny, lustful, and deceptively wise, Anthony Madrid's long-awaited first collection, I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say, is a book of ghazals that assault conventions while often reading like deranged love letters. (Madrid's poems appeared in our Winter 2010-11 issue.)
Darcie Dennigan, Madame X
Darcie Dennigan's second collection, Madame X, expands on the powerful accomplishments of her first book (Corinna, A-Maying the Apocalypse), as she sings difficult songs of self-awareness and interrogates the devotions that divide the world.
For more information, view the official list of AWP off-site events.
February 20, 2012
The latest issue of eXchanges: a journal of literary translation, a publication of the MFA program in literary translation at the University of Iowa, has just gone live!
The Winter 2012 issue, edited by Rachael Small and Andres Alfaro, features translations of poetry and prose from German, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Polish, and Bulgarian, as well as a short history of the magazine by founder Daniel Weissbort, and an oneiric letter by the editors.
February 7, 2012
We're thrilled to announce that Robin Hemley, TIR senior editor and director of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, has a new book forthcoming from The University of Georgia Press. Due out in March, A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel "recalibrates and redefines the way writers approach their relationship to their subjects."
More from the UGA Press:
For centuries writers have used participatory experience as a lens through which to better see the world at large and as a means of exploring the self. Considering various types of participatory writing as different strains of one style—immersion writing—Robin Hemley offers new perspectives and practical advice for writers of this nonfiction genre.
Immersion writing can be broken down into the broad categories of travel writing, immersion memoir, and immersion journalism. Using the work of such authors as Barbara Ehrenreich, Hunter S. Thompson, Ted Conover, A. J. Jacobs, Nellie Bly, Julio Cortazar, and James Agee, Hemley examines these three major types of immersion writing and further identifies the subcategories of the quest, the experiment, the investigation, the infiltration, and the reenactment. Included in the book are helpful exercises, models for immersion writing, and a chapter on one of the most fraught subjects for nonfiction writers—the ethics and legalities of writing about other people.
Suitable for beginners and advanced writers, the book provides an enlightening, provocative, and often amusing look at the ways in which nonfiction writers engage with the world around them.
If you're planning to attend this year's AWP Conference in Chicago, check out Robin's panel on immersion writing, "The Writer in the World," where he'll be joined by writers Melissa Pritchard, Joe Mackall, Christopher Merrill, and Stephanie Elizondo Griest to discuss the immersion/travel writer’s relationship and responsibility to the world at large.
Date: Friday, March 2
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Chicago Hilton, Continental B
From 12:00-1:00 p.m., Robin will be signing copies of his book at the University of Georgia Press table at the AWP Bookfair.
February 2, 2012
RIP, Wislawa Szymborska
The New York Times obit is here.