At NAR, we take pride in our work. With the generous support of the University of Northern Iowa, North American Review provides a learning experience for people interested in independent literary publishing. We are uniquely situated to provide genuine production experience with a magazine that is read and shared globally. We are also committed to the education and further development of the literary publishing community within the state of Iowa. This means teaching the concepts, skills, and ethics of independent literary publishing to ensure smaller voices can be heard in a world of ever-larger media entities.


The Editors of the North American Review

Grant Tracey, author of the detective novel Cheap Amusements and story collection Final Stanzas, is fiction editor of the North American Review and an English professor at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches film, modern drama, and creative writing. Thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he has published nearly fifty short stories, and three previous collections. He has acted in over twenty community theater productions, and has published critical work on Samuel Fuller and James Cagney. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

J. D. Schraffenberger is multi-genre editor of the North American Review and a professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poems, Saint Joe's Passion and The Waxen Poor, and co-author with Martín Espada and Lauren Schmidt of The Necessary Poetics of Atheism. His other work has appeared in Best of Brevity, Best Creative NonfictionNotre Dame ReviewPoetry EastPrairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his wife, the novelist Adrianne Finlay, and their two daughters.

Emily Stowe is a visual artist and writer who earned her BA in Studio Art: Printmaking from the University of Northern Iowa. She serves as the Managing Editor for the North American Review. She is also the Founding Editor and publisher of the online Mag Pie magazine. Before coming to the NAR, Emily was a secretary at the University of Northern Iowa for 10 years, and very active with local and national volunteer work with the AFSCME labor union. She lives in Waterloo, Iowa with her husband Kent, and two cats, Willow and Oz.

Brooke Wonders’ fiction and nonfiction have appeared in publications including the CollagistDiagramThe Dark Magazine, and Clarkesworld, and her work has been anthologized in Advanced Creative Nonfiction&NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing and Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, among others. She is an associate professor at the University of Northern Iowa and serves as nonfiction editor and Vonnegut Speculative Fiction Prize coordinator at the North American Review

Rachel Morgan is the author of the chapbook, Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey (Final Thursday Press, 2017). She is a co-editor of Fire Under the Moon: An Anthology of Contemporary Slovene Poetry (Black Dirt Press) and her work is included in the anthology, Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016). Her work recently appeared or is forthcoming in CrazyhorsePrairie SchoonerBoulevardSalt HillBellevue Literary ReviewDIAGRAM, and Barrow Street. Currently she teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is poetry editor for the North American Review

Gary Kelley has studied painting and design at the University of Northern Iowa earning him a BA in art. His early career focused on graphic design and art direction until the late 1970s when his painting and design experiences merged into a career as an illustrator. As an illustrator, his awards include 27 gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York; also Best-In-Show recognition in New York and Los Angeles Illustrators’ Exhibitions. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators (NY) Hall of Fame in 2007.