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The Iowa Review - - CONTENTS - Alexan­der O. Smith

Sa­muel Amadon is the au­thor of three books: Like a Sea ( Iowa), The Hart­ford Book (Cleve­land), and Lis­tener ( Solid Ob­jects, forth­com­ing 2018). He teaches in the MFA pro­gram at the Univer­sity of South Carolina, where he ed­its the jour­nal Over­sound with Liz Coun­try­man.

Michael Bazzett’s work has ap­peared in Ploughshares, Guer­nica, Vir­ginia Quar­terly Re­view, and else­where. You Must Re­mem­ber This, his de­but col­lec­tion, re­ceived the 2014 Lindquist & Ven­num Prize for Po­etry from Milk­weed Edi­tions. He has two po­etry col­lec­tions forth­com­ing: The In­ter­ro­ga­tion (Milk­weed) and Our Lands Are Not So Dif­fer­ent (Horsethief), as well as a verse translation of the Popul Vuh, the Mayan cre­ation epic, from Milk­weed. He lives in Min­neapo­lis with his wife and two chil­dren.

Malachi Black is the au­thor of Storm To­ward Morn­ing (Cop­per Canyon, 2014), a fi­nal­ist for the Po­etry So­ci­ety of Amer­ica’s Norma Far­ber First Book Award and a se­lec­tion for the PSA’S New Amer­i­can Poets Se­ries. He teaches at the Univer­sity of San Diego and lives in California.

Jenny Boully’s Betwixt-and-be­tween: Es­says on the Writ­ing Life is forth­com­ing from Cof­fee House Press. Her other books in­clude The Body: An Es­say, The Book of Be­gin­nings and End­ings: Es­says, and not merely be­cause of the un­known that was stalk­ing to­ward them.

El­iz­a­beth Bowen (1899–1973) was an An­glo-ir­ish nov­el­ist, es­say­ist, and short-story writer. She worked for the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion in London dur­ing World War II and served as an air-raid war­den. Her many books in­clude the nov­els The House in Paris (1935) and The Death of the Heart (1938) and the short-story col­lec­tion The De­mon Lover (1945).

“The De­signee” is one of twelve new sto­ries in T.C. Boyle’s forth­com­ing col­lec­tion, The Re­live Box and Other Sto­ries, his first col­lec­tion since 2013’s T.C. Boyle Sto­ries II, the sec­ond vol­ume of his col­lected sto­ries. If he is very, very lucky, he hopes that one day there will be a third vol­ume of col­lected sto­ries. Of course, he does un­der­stand that there are mys­te­ri­ous forces at work in the universe that are ut­terly in­dif­fer­ent to the propo­si­tion.

Ben Bush is a 2017–18 Ful­bright Fel­low and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Mc­sweeney’s pod­cast The Or­gan­ist. His non­fic­tion has ap­peared in Book­fo­rum, The Believer, Salon, Los Angeles Re­view of Books, Poets & Writ­ers, and the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle. His fic­tion has ap­peared in The Lit­er­ary Re­view, Yeti, and else­where.

Frances Can­non is a writer and artist of hy­brid medi­ums. She has an MFA from the Non­fic­tion Writ­ing Pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Iowa and a BFA in po­etry and print­mak­ing from the Univer­sity of Ver­mont. She has a book of po­ems and il­lus­tra­tions, Trop­i­calia, through Vagabond Press, a book of po­ems and prints, Ura­nian Fruit, through Honey­bee Press, and a graphic mem­oir, The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and BigLit­tle Frank with Gold Wake Press.

An­ders Carl­son-wee is a 2015 NEA Cre­ative Writ­ing Fel­low and the au­thor of Dy­na­mite, win­ner of the 2015 Frost Place Chap­book Prize. His work has ap­peared in Ploughshares, New Eng­land Re­view, The Sun, AGNI, Po­etry Daily, Prairie Schooner, The Mis­souri Re­view, Best New Poets, The Best Amer­i­can Non­re­quired Read­ing, and Nar­ra­tive Magazine, which also fea­tured him on its “30 Be­low 30” list of young writ­ers to watch. He lives in Min­neapo­lis, where he serves as a Mck­night Foun­da­tion Cre­ative Writ­ing Fel­low.

Thom Dono­van is the au­thor of The Hole (Dis­placed Press, 2012), With­drawn: A Dis­course (Shifter, 2016), and With­drawn (Com­pline, 2017). He coed­its and pub­lishes ON Con­tem­po­rary Prac­tice. He is the edi­tor of Oc­cupy Poet­ics (Es­say Press, 2015), To Look at the Sea Is to Be­come What One Is: An Etel Ad­nan Reader (with Bran­don Shi­moda; Night­boat Books, 2014), and Sup­ple Sci­ence: A Robert Ko­cik Primer (with Michael Cross; ON Con­tem­po­rary Prac­tice, 2013). He is a vis­it­ing as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of lit­er­ary stud­ies at Eu­gene Lang Col­lege of Lib­eral Arts.

Jen­nifer Alise Drew is the non­fic­tion edi­tor for AGNI magazine and has worked as an edi­tor for nu­mer­ous other mag­a­zines and pub­lish­ers, in­clud­ing Open City, Si­mon & Schus­ter, Houghton Mif­flin, and Grove At­lantic. Her es­says have ap­peared here, as well as in Slice, The Chat­ta­hoochee Re­view, Hip­pocam­pus Magazine, and Lu­mina.

Sean Hig­gins lives with his wife in an old brick farm­house in Yp­si­lanti, Michi­gan. His work has been pub­lished in Bar­rel­house, Mid­west­ern Gothic, Bluestem, and a few other jour­nals.

Anna Jack­son lives in Is­land Bay, Welling­ton, New Zealand, and lec­tures in English at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton. She has pub­lished six books of po­etry with Auck­land Univer­sity Press, most re­cently I, Clo­dia (2014).

Steven Klein­man is a grad­u­ate of the MFA pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Mary­land. His po­ems and re­views have ap­peared in Orion Magazine, The Col­lag­ist, Devil’s Lake, Horsethief, Con­struc­tion, and Hid­den City Quar­terly. He lives in Philadel­phia, where he works as the as­sis­tant edi­tor at Satur­na­lia Press, is a found­ing mem­ber of the Philadel­phia Po­etry Col­lab­o­ra­tion, and teaches po­etry and writ­ing at far too many col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

M.W. Lar­son is an au­thor, edi­tor, and trans­la­tor based out of Tokyo. He earned his MFA from The Ohio State Univer­sity, and his work has ap­peared in the Colorado Re­view, Ninth Let­ter, Witness, and else­where.

Mar­got Livesey is the au­thor of eight nov­els, most re­cently Mer­cury, and The Hid­den Machin­ery: Es­says on Writ­ing. She teaches at the Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop.

Rachel Lyon’s fic­tion and cre­ative non­fic­tion have ap­peared most re­cently in Mc­sweeney’s, Joy­land, Bus­tle, The Toast, and The Saint Ann’s Re­view. A na­tive of Brook­lyn, she teaches for Sack­ett Street Writ­ers’ Work­shop and co­hosts the read­ing se­ries Dit­mas Lit. Her de­but novel is forth­com­ing from Scrib­ner. Visit her at www.rachellyon.work.

Christo­pher Mer­rill’s lat­est book is Self-por­trait with Dog­wood. He di­rects the In­ter­na­tional Writ­ing Pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Iowa.

Wayne Miller’s fourth po­etry col­lec­tion, Post- (Milk­weed, 2016), won the Rilke Prize and the Colorado Book Award. He has co­trans­lated two books by Moikom Zeqo—most re­cently Zo­diac (Ze­phyr, 2015), which was a fi­nal­ist for the PEN Cen­ter USA Award in Translation—and he has coedited three books, most re­cently Lit­er­ary Pub­lish­ing in the Twen­tyFirst Cen­tury (Milk­weed, 2016). He teaches at the Univer­sity of Colorado Den­ver and ed­its Cop­per Nickel.

Rusty Mor­ri­son’s most re­cent book is Beyond the Chain­link (Ah­sahta). She is cop­ub­lisher of Om­nidawn (om­nidawn.com). Her other books in­clude Af­ter Ur­gency (Tu­pelo), which won the Dorset Prize, and the true keeps calm bid­ing its story (Ah­sahta), which won the Saw­tooth Prize, Academy

of Amer­i­can Poets James Laugh­lin Award, Northern California Book Award, and Po­etry So­ci­ety of Amer­ica Alice Fay Di Castag­nola Award. Her web­site is rusty­mor­ri­son.com.

Todd James Pierce is the au­thor of the novel The Aus­tralia Sto­ries and the story col­lec­tion News­world, which won the Drue Heinz Lit­er­a­ture Prize. He co-di­rects the cre­ative writ­ing pro­gram at Cal Poly Univer­sity.

Max Ritvo was the au­thor of the po­etry col­lec­tion Four Rein­car­na­tions (Milk­weed Edi­tions, 2016) and the chap­book AEONS, for which he was awarded a 2014 Po­etry So­ci­ety of Amer­ica Chap­book Fel­low­ship. His po­etry has also ap­peared in Po­etry, The New Yorker, and on Poets.org. His prose and in­ter­views have ap­peared in Huff­in­g­ton Post, Divedap­per, and the Los Angeles Re­view of Books. He lived in Man­hat­tan un­til his death in Au­gust 2016.

Alexan­der O. Smith is a writer and trans­la­tor for the Ja­panese video game in­dus­try, a pub­lisher, and a trans­la­tor of more than twenty nov­els from Ja­panese to English. He is cur­rently based in the hills of Ka­makura, from where he oc­ca­sion­ally ven­tures out to take pho­tographs.

Anali­cia Sotelo holds an MFA from the Univer­sity of Hous­ton. Her po­ems ap­pear or are forth­com­ing in The New Yorker; Fork­lift, Ohio; the An­ti­och Re­view; Merid­ian; The Col­lag­ist; and else­where.

Mike Soto is a first gen­er­a­tion Mex­i­can-amer­i­can, raised in East Dal­las and in a small town in Mi­choacán. His cur­rent man­u­script uses themes from the drug war tak­ing place along a fic­tional U.s./mexico bor­der town. The man­u­script can be de­scribed as a Narco Acid West­ern told in about forty-five po­ems. It is writ­ten in lin­eage with Ale­jan­dro Jodor­owsky’s film El Topo.

Tim Taranto is a writer, poet, and vis­ual artist from New York State. He is a grad­u­ate of Cor­nell Univer­sity and the Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop. Ars Botan­ica is his first book.

So­phie Un­ter­man is a writer and teacher based in New Or­leans. Her es­says have ap­peared in The For­ward and Guer­nica. She holds an MFA from Columbia Univer­sity.

Ar­dashir Vakil was born in Bom­bay and ed­u­cated at Cam­bridge, and he now teaches cre­ative writ­ing at Gold­smiths in London. His first novel,

Beach Boy (Pen­guin, 1997), was trans­lated into eight lan­guages and won a Betty Trask Award. His sec­ond novel, One Day (Pen­guin, 2003), was short­listed for the En­core Award. He con­trib­utes to BBC broad­casts, and his short sto­ries are of­ten an­thol­o­gized and have re­cently ap­peared in Rar­i­tan: A Quar­terly Re­view.

Corey Van Land­ing­ham is the au­thor of An­ti­dote, win­ner of the 2012 Ohio State Univer­sity Press/the Jour­nal Award in Po­etry. She re­ceived a 2017 Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts Fel­low­ship and a Wal­lace Steg­ner Fel­low­ship from Stan­ford Univer­sity. Her work has ap­peared in Best Amer­i­can Po­etry 2014, Bos­ton Re­view, Kenyon Re­view, and The New Yorker, among many other places. She’s cur­rently a doc­toral stu­dent in English lit­er­a­ture and cre­ative writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati and a book re­view edi­tor for Kenyon Re­view.

Mar­cus Wicker is the re­cip­i­ent of a Ruth Lilly Fel­low­ship from the Po­etry Foun­da­tion, a Push­cart Prize, the Mis­souri Re­view’s Miller Au­dio Prize, as well as fel­low­ships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Cen­ter. His first col­lec­tion Maybe the Sad­dest Thing, a Na­tional Po­etry Se­ries win­ner, was a fi­nal­ist for an NAACP Im­age Award. His sec­ond book, Si­lencer, is forth­com­ing from Houghton Mif­flin Har­court in Septem­ber. Wicker teaches in the MFA pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Mem­phis. He is po­etry edi­tor of South­ern In­di­ana Re­view.

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