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Gregory Martin's STORIES FOR BOYS

Nathan Huffstutter

In his 2000 debut, Mountain City, author Gregory Martin surveys his mother’s deeply-rooted family tree, reticulating the fates of aging relatives and a faded frontier town to assay “how a thing can persist against a seemingly irrevocable will for it to die.” Martin’s follow-up, Stories for Boys, springs from a frantic 2007 phone call: the writer’s 66-year-old father has just attempted suicide.

Contest Judges Discuss the Winners of the 2012 Iowa Review Awards

TIR staff

We are pleased to be soon publishing the winners of the 2012 Iowa Review Awards! Look for them in our forthcoming Winter 2012-13 issue. Many thanks to all who entered and to our 2012 judges, Megan Daum (nonfiction), Timothy Donnelly (poetry), and Ron Currie, Jr. (fiction). Below, our judges discuss what stood out to them about the pieces they chose.


Congratulations to

Winner Emily Hunt 

and Runner-up Aditi Machado


On the winners:

Anomalous Press: new issue!

TIR staff

“Taxidermy-ed animals back-lit in heavenly light, the everbefore and meatloaf, history’s memory and perhaps the devil himself. We at Anomalous are proud to unveil our hand-stitched creation, our curated collection of a glass-jarred world, life in stand-still for your observation.

P.S. We have no qualms about shattering glass.”

            —Anomalous Press

Amina Gautier's AT RISK

Siân Griffiths

“It is barely the summer—just the end of June—and already two teenaged boys have been killed.” So begins Amina Gautier’s debut collection At Risk, winner of the Flannery O’Conner Award for Short Fiction. In it, we find a dangerous world predominantly populated by vulnerable teens, preteens, and the adults whose best intentions cannot save them. In story after story in this collection, Gautier engages and interrogates stereotypes about urban black culture.

Poets in No Man's Land

TIR staff

Check out this award-winning video, "Poets in No Man's Land," by scholar and poet Stephanos Stephanides, a former International Writing Program symposium participant and featured writer in the IWP's "100 Words" project.

"Poets in No Man's Land" won the award for Video Poetry at the 2012 Cyprus International Film Festival and was co-produced by filmmaker Stephen Nugent.

To view Stephanides's "100 Words" video, "Home/Land," visit

Stephanides is a dean and professor of comparative literature at Cyprus University in Nicosia.



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