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Downwind of Nazism

Russell Valentino

In the town of Gorizia, just north-east of Trieste, I visited a museum that's housed in the local synagogue and is devoted to the memory of the Jewish community of Gorizia. There is no Jewish community of Gorizia, not for the past 40 years.

Diary of the Intern: Dwight Schrute at TIR?

Sara Kosch

I love people. Even something as routine as sending out e-mails has the potential for a good chuckle thanks to the unexpectedness of people's quirks, humor, and good cheer. One of my projects this summer is to contact small presses about adding The Iowa Review to their review lists (so we can get copies of books to review) and see if they want to be a part of our "Small Press Announcement" page, which will be coming to our website this fall and will allow people to see the publication dates for upcoming titles. I've sent out oodles of e-mails to about ninety presses, and while most of the replies have been pretty standard, there have been a few that made my heart happy.

On the road

Russell Valentino

On the road, well, the sea.  Where I've been reminded that my voice in English is as marked as any, not the neutral thing we often find ourselves assuming. This time it happened as I was trying to translate a local poet, Ligio Zanini, not translated before into English to my knowledge. He wrote in the dialect of Rovinj (Ruvaigno in his idiom), which is spoken by some six hundred people or so today, a number shrinking all the time. Zanini was quite a master of it, not the simple fisherman he impersonates in much of his verse. Hence the paradox and the challenge: a rustic but simultaneously sophisticated voice, close to the sea, marked by it, a poet using an apparently rough-edged language of expression that few will recognize let alone read or speak....

Michael Fauver Among "Five New Queer Voices to Watch Out For"

TIR staff

Congratulations to Michael Fauver, our 2009-2010 Associate Fiction Editor, on being named one of "Five New Queer Voices to Watch Out For" by Lambda Literary! Click here to read more about Michael's fresh voice in new fiction as well as the other four named: Melissa Febos, Justin Torres, Jaime Shearn Coan, and Nicole J. Georges.


Venti or Grande?: The Iowa Review's Treatment of Interns Exposed

Sara Kosch

Intern: Meanings: imprison (v.), Synonyms: detain, confine, hold, hold in custody, release (Antonym). Well, that sounds promising, doesn't it? The 2007 Microsoft Word's definition seems to be the one that everybody thinks of when they think of 'the intern.' I can't tell you how many times I've told people I have a summer internship and they've asked how I enjoy being the office slave/personal coffee obtainer. "I wouldnt know," I tell them. And I don't. I've never been commanded to go on a Starbucks run or a journey for jelly donuts, and I myself have actually been fed on multiple occasions by the staff (they give me BAGELS!)  I guess if I were to describe being an intern at The Iowa Review I would say it's more like being a free-range office pet than an indentured servant.


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