THE BLOG @ TIR
November 8, 2012
Tonight at Prairie Lights bookstore, Iowa Review senior editor Nick Twemlow will read from Palm Trees, his first full-length collection. Robert Fernandez describes Twemlow as a poet “at once debased and ecstatic, resigned and ambitious, victim and victimizer.” Of the book itself, he declares: “For those who would know how to live and work in poetry courageously and with a sense of joyful abandon, this book is as much a sneer as a welcoming occasion, a gauntlet thrown down.” Nick Twemlow’s poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, jubilat, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, and elsewhere, and his chapbook, Your Mouth is Everywhere, was published in 2010. He has worked as an editor for Northwest Review, The Poetry Foundation, and The Canary. He is currently coeditor of Canarium Books. He has been a Brown Foundation Fellow and spent a year in New Zealand as a Fulbright Fellow. He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
November 8, 2012
Words Without Borders: The Online Magazine for International Literature recently published an interview with TIR Editor Russell Scott Valentino about his work as a translator of Italian, Croatian, and Russian. Read it here. One tidbit: "Lately I’ve been thinking about translation as a kind of adoption, as when one adopts a child. You take her from her home context, love and care for her, teach her what you know, and then, when she gets big enough and, you hope, has learned enough from you to live on her own, you introduce her to the world and hope she can thrive."
October 23, 2012
"For the very real people in David Ebenbach's vivid and emotional stories, becoming a parent&emdash;as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going 'into the wilderness.' A trip into the unknown, the primitive, the real. One single moment, the birth of a child, changes everything. It is the oldest human story and, in Ebenbach's sure hands, the truest and most moving."
—Jesse Lee Kercheval
Former TIR contributor David Ebenbach, author of "The Guy We Didn't Invite to the Orgy" (40/2), just released his new book of short stories, Into the Wilderness (Washington Writers' Publishing House 2012). Check it out!
October 18, 2012
Frequent contributor Katherine Soniat, published in TIR six (six!) times since issue 23/1, has a new collection of poetry out for your reading pleasure: A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge (Dream Horse Press)! Check it out here.
"A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge guides us through and beyond an ever-dissolving world's beauty and brutality. We enter the atmosphere of Katherine Soniat's brilliant, startling, and intimate poems, and we emerge shaken and re-newed." --Lee Upton
October 16, 2012
Most citizens of Iowa City recognize that our town has two passions: literature and football. So, in honor of both, a collective of writing programs will sponsor the first-ever "Writing Tailgate" at the Iowa City Public Library on Saturday, October 20, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
Young children through adults can join in literary scavenger hunts, Scrabble scrambles, magnetic poetry, a haiku contest, twitter stories, digital storytelling, a Hemingway Challenge (six-word stories), post-it fiction, erasure/found poetry, and other writing activities. Football fans can stop by on their way to the game for free, tailgate-style food and writing-inspired door prizes. Join us the whole time or pop in for a quick writing respite.
Iowa Review authors including James McKean and Kim Lozano will read from their work between 3:00 and 4:00. Discoveries: New Writing from the Iowa Review is an anthology of stories, essays, and poetry selected from the Review archives for high school and introductory college classes. Inspired by the Discoveries selections, aspiring teachers from Professor Bonnie Sunstein's "Approaches to Teaching Writing" class will lead short writing exercises. From 4:00 to 5:00, we'll have an open mic segment for any writer, or group of writers, to share work with the audience.
This is the fourth year October 20 has been designated by the U.S. Congress as the National Day on Writing. "Writing is a daily practice for millions of Americans," claims the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), "but few notice how integral writing has become to daily life in the twenty-first century."
Sponsors of the event are the NCTE Student Affiliate of the University of Iowa, the City of Literature, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, the Derek Project, and the Iowa City Public Library.