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Allison Cobb's GREEN-WOOD

Peter Myers

A recent study found that the global climate disruption known as the Little Ice Age—an early modern dip in temperatures that famously caused the River Thames to freeze over—had its roots in European colonialism. The genocide of the indigenous people of the Americas left vast tracts of agricultural land untended; subsequent reforestation pulled enough CO2 out of the atmosphere to cause a global decline in temperatures.

Interview with Franny Choi

Katherine Gibbel

Franny Choi is a poet, performer, editor, and playwright. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, senior news editor for Hyphen, cohost of the Poetry Foundation podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in April 2018. A current Zell Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Michigan, she is currently based near Detroit, Michigan.

Doug Henderson wins 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

TIR Staff

We’re excited to announce that the 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers has been awarded to Doug Henderson for his short story “The Manga Artist,” first published in The Iowa Review Winter 2018/19 edition. The story was also the runner-up for the 2018 Iowa Review Awards in fiction, and judge Alexander Chee said, “‘The Manga Artist’ is a sublime melding of the comic form and the short story, at least three ways, and this cross-hatch of queer desire and cross-cultural conversation results in an ingenious and moving short story unlike any other I’ve read.” Henderson and Iowa Review staff accepted the award at the 55th annual PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City on February 26.


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