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Jeongrye Choi's INSTANCES

Ruth Williams

Though Jeongrye Choi is the author of four books of poetry in her native South Korea, her work has been largely unavailable to American audiences; however, with Instances, a translation of Choi’s selected poems by Brenda Hillman, Wayne De Fremery, and Jeongrye Choi herself, English readers now have the opportunity to encounter one of South Korea’s most intriguing women poets.

Creative writing profs! Check out CLMP's lit mag adoption program

TIR staff

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has launched the Lit Mag Adoption Program for Creative Writing Students, which allows undergraduate and graduate creative writing professors to include literary magazines in their courses.

Students receive discounted, 1-year subscriptions for selected literary magazines—such as (*cough cough*) the Iowa Review—and professors receive a free "desk-copy" subscription. Each participating class will receive at least two issues of the magazine during the semester.

In addition, classes will have direct interaction with the magazine publisher/editor through a virtual (or in-person where local) "one-on-one" chat session.

The program aims to promote a generation of new writers who are also active readers and productive members of the larger literary community.

Elena Ferrante's TROUBLING LOVE

Stiliana Milkova

Published in Italy in 1991, Elena Ferrante’s novel Troubling Love caused a literary sensation and earned its author the Elsa Morante prize—one of Italy’s most prestigious awards for literature. Thanks to translator Ann Goldstein, the book now affords us English-speakers the guilty pleasure of delving into dark and forbidden places—the insides of the mother-daughter body, the ins and outs of the mother-daughter relationship. In Troubling Love, Ferrante cuts open and examines the female psyche and body against the backdrop of gritty, unforgiving Naples.

Sex, Rocks, and Taxidermy: A Conversation with Chris Offutt

Alex Dezen

[This interview appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of The Iowa Review.]

I first met Chris Offutt outside the fabled Foxhead bar on Iowa City’s east side. What I had heard about Chris Offutt was that he graduated from the Workshop during the fabled Conroy days—when Frank Conroy ruled the Workshop with painstaking intensity and tough love—and that he wrote about hunting. I had shot a pigeon with a BB gun at age twelve, from the second-story window of my friend’s brownstone in the Bronx, an experience that continues to plague me with guilt.

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