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303.4 Fall Issue 2018

303.4 Fall Issue 2018

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Take a good long look at this issue of the North American Review because by the time our summer issue drops, you’ll be holding a newly redesigned magazine in your hands. We’re transforming, evolving, taking on a new form with a new guiding vision. Sarah Pauls, the Marketing Manager in the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences here at the University of Northern Iowa, has herded us literary cats and helped us through this whole process of reimagination. 
In the meantime, you’ve probably heard us touting our upcoming spring issue, which will present some remarkable pieces by José Angel Araguz, Maria Nazos, and Jonathan Wei written in response to NAR Contributing Editor Terry Tempest Williams’s provocative collection of essays from 2004, The Open Space of Democracy. Terry will deliver the keynote at our writing conference April 19-21, 2019 celebrating the NAR’s 50 years at UNI. Our other featured writers include Molly Antopol, Taylor Brorby, Martín Espada, Adrianne Finlay, Kij Johnson, Joyelle McSweeney, Sophfronia Scott, and Joseph Scapellato. The conference is free and open to the public so submit a proposal to present your work on our Submittable page. 
We’re open for submissions for the 2019 Hearst Prize, judged this year by Dana Levin, and for the first time in more than a decade, we’re reading for the Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize, which intends to recognize the finest speculative fiction, judged by Karen Joy Fowler. We’re thrilled to welcome Dana and Karen into the NAR family.
Another momentous occasion: in this issue you’ll read the final Past Perfect column, which is fittingly dedicated to the memory of longtime NAR editor Robley Wilson, who not only steered the NAR ship for more than thirty years but published his own stellar writing to great critical acclaim. He’ll be missed.

ART

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Aldous Huxley: Brave New World [mixed media]Gary Kelley

Swims [ink, digital]Catherine Byun

Growing [digital]Brianne Burnell

Spears and sneers [pen and ink, Photoshop] Jared Rogness
 

FICTION

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OriginsMel King

Listening to ApplesWarren Jones

Elephant in the Room Clay Whisler
 

NONFICTION

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Eight Hours, with Cow K. S. Phillips

SplendorRefael Paul Arenson

ConfluenceTaylor Brorby
 

POETRY

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The Asethetics of Dairy FarmingEllie Tipton

The Landscape of SeparationKendra Tanacea

Ronald ReaganElisabeth Farrell

The Cloth RoomG. C. Waldrep

The Conversions of the BodyAl Maginnes

I Love My Wife But the Problem IsGregory Fraser

A Guide to Wild FlowersLaura McCullough

What Is The BodyHannah Dow

For When You Are Down About Various Ignominious Fates Paul Guest

Ode to SuperstitionJennifer Militello

In the Rainshadow of WhomJennifer Militello

​MeditationTrenton Pollard

On Faith: “What If It’s Broken?”Michael Hurley

Leaves of Grass LipogramMichael Kriesel

The Day Her Speech Was SlurredCathryn Cofell

​SunlightEmily Vogel

Gone Of Emily Vogel 

The Hunger Artist • Carolina Hotchandani

​Around Phelps LakeDavid Salner 

Hapa SongMichael Prior

Listening to Words • Jeff Hardin 

REVIEWS

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MISCELLANY

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From the Editors 

Contributors

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