303.4 Fall Issue 2018
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.
Origins • Mel King
Listening to Apples • Warren Jones
Elephant in the Room • Clay Whisler
Eight Hours, with Cow • K. S. Phillips
Splendor • Refael Paul Arenson
Confluence • Taylor Brorby
The Asethetics of Dairy Farming • Ellie Tipton
The Landscape of Separation • Kendra Tanacea
Ronald Reagan • Elisabeth Farrell
The Cloth Room • G. C. Waldrep
The Conversions of the Body • Al Maginnes
I Love My Wife But the Problem Is • Gregory Fraser
A Guide to Wild Flowers • Laura McCullough
What Is The Body • Hannah Dow
For When You Are Down About Various Ignominious Fates • Paul Guest
Ode to Superstition • Jennifer Militello
In the Rainshadow of Whom • Jennifer Militello
Meditation • Trenton Pollard
On Faith: “What If It’s Broken?” • Michael Hurley
Leaves of Grass Lipogram • Michael Kriesel
The Day Her Speech Was Slurred • Cathryn Cofell
Sunlight • Emily Vogel
Gone Of • Emily Vogel
The Hunger Artist • Carolina Hotchandani
Around Phelps Lake • David Salner
Hapa Song • Michael Prior
Listening to Words • Jeff Hardin
From the Editors