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Russell Scott Valentino

Our editor-in-chief, Russell Valentino, is writing a series of posts from a trip across Eurasia via ferry, plane, and Trans-Siberian Railway.

Why The Iowa Review Is Like 2Pac, or “It’s All B.S.”

Jacob Lancaster

Editor’s Note: We asked one of our sumer 2011 interns, Jacob Lancaster, to share his perspective on working in the Iowa Review office—and got more than we bargained for.

In an honest confession of my naïveté, I thought literary journals were Beethoven and dry toast. Straight tea parties. I imagined some quill pen society of white guys or poorly lit rooms with people in Kerouac costumes, with those pensive, deep-stare poet faces, each sipping Earl Grey, each with their own spiraling gyres.

However, the Review’s office is devoid of Victorian furniture and ashtrays and wine decanters, and it’s actually quite tiny. Not in the Smart Car, I’m-accepting-this-little-thing-to-better-the-earth tiny, but more like How-do-you-seriously-fit-twenty-four-readers-in-here-at-one-time? tiny.

TIR vs. "The Boring Reading," Take Two!

Lynne Nugent

Where can you find state-fair ennui, unicorn horns, $3.99 wine, The Inferno, Guatemalan place names, picadilly relish, awkward class reunions, the only Honda Civic at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and "the small days of living"?

The latest Iowa Review!

Come get a first glimpse of our Fall 2011 issue—to be unveiled that night—and hear authors read a sampling of their work and editors share inside stories from behind the slush pile.

All the details:

August 25, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Featured readers: Eduardo Halfon (fiction), Kim Lozano (poetry), and Jenny Zhang (fiction)


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