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Christine Sneed's THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN

Jack Smith

Author of two novels and story collections, Christine Sneed is a master of short as well as long fiction. It’s the inner spaces where Sneed truly excels, with a riveting prose style that captures the depths of her characters’ thoughts, feelings, and conflicted selves. The stories that make up her most recent collection The Virginity of Famous Men reveal an extraordinary range of types. Two stories revisit a theme played out fully in Sneed’s first novel, Little Known Facts: the issue of fame. 

Mary Quade Wins Inaugural David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni

TIR Staff

We are delighted to announce that Mary Quade’s work has been selected as the winner of the inaugural 2107 David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni. This year’s contest was for poetry. As winner, Quade will receive a $1,000 prize, and her work will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of The Iowa Review. Many thanks to all who submitted their work to the prize.

Poet and essayist Mary Quade is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of the poetry collections Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Local Extinctions (Gold Wake). Her work has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship and three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in both poetry and prose. She is an associate professor of English at Hiram College, where she teaches creative writing, and she lives in Madison, Ohio.

Me Before You

Tatiana Schlote-Bonne

It is our pleasure to present Tatiana Schlote-Bonne's essay "Me Before You," runner-up in the inaugural David Hamilton Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize. This prize is sponsored by anonymous donors who wish to honor the mentorship and support they and other students at the University of Iowa received from Emeritus Professor of English David Hamilton. In addition to publication online, Schlote-Bonne will be awarded a $250 scholarship.


 

Similes

Austin Hughes

We are delighted to present Austin Hughes's poem "Similes," winner of the inaugural David Hamilton Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize. This prize is sponsored by anonymous donors who wish to honor the mentorship and support they and other students at the University of Iowa received from Emeritus Professor of English David Hamilton. In addition to publication online, Hughes will will be awarded a $500 scholarship.


 

I’m like a riddle in nine sylla-
bles—like some bullet train derailed and 

akimbo, I’m like a skinny sea-
horse so gravid with grief and with salt- 

water—a backward seahorse—or e-
ven like some sunk soufflé—too much heat 

or moisture or air; or perhaps I’m
just as Adam’s other, far less fruit- 

ful bones: a digit, vertebrae, or
even his skull—then again, maybe 

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