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.
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 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 an associate 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 Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his wife, the novelist Adrianne Finlay, and their two daughters.
Shelly Criswell is the Managing Editor and Art Editor for the interior pages at the North American Review. She began at the NAR in 2000 as a student reader. She co-edited Feed the Lake: Essays on the Craft of Fiction with Grant Tracey in 2016. She is an avid cyclist, a dedicated educator, and a home cook to be reckoned with.
Brooke Wonders’ fiction and nonfiction have appeared in publications including the Collagist, Diagram, Apex Magazine, and Clarkesworld, and her work has been anthologized in the &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing and the Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, among others. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa and serves as Nonfiction Editor of 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 Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Boulevard, Salt Hill, Bellevue Literary Review, DIAGRAM, and Barrow Street. Currently she teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Poetry Editor for the North American Review.
Gary Kelley has studied painting and design at the University of Northern Iowa earning a BA in art. His early career focused on graphic design and art direction until the late 1970’s when painting and design experiences merged into career as illustrator. As an illustrator, his awards have included 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 elected to Society of illustrators (NY) Hall of Fame 2007.