The North American Review is proud to be published at the University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In keeping with our pride in our academic community, the North American Review is sharing interviews conducted for the Final Thursday Reading Series in Cedar Falls. Now in its 19th season, the Final Thursday Reading Series features regional authors presenting their recent work. Prior to the featured reader, an open mic gives local writers a chance to find a friendly audience for original poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. FTRS takes place on the final Thursday of each month at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls, Iowa. FTRS is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the UNI College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences. Today, we feature their reader from August and the original interview can be found here.
Top illustration by: Vlad Alvarez. Vlad was born and raised in El Salvador, Central America. In 1992, he came to the U.S. and lived in Los Angeles before moving to Pennsylvania. He attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and graduated in 2005 with a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration.