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Aug. 17, 2009

Iowa Review 'Rivers' reading responds to the flood of 2008

A free reading from the new issue of the Iowa Review at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol will feature writing on the theme of "Rivers" a year after the great flood of 2008. The reading will be followed by a reception celebrating David Hamilton's (right) 32-year tenure as editor of the literary journal.

The reading will be recorded and archived by the Writing University, Visit the journal online, including a full list of contributors to the latest issue, at

Russell Scott Valentino, a faculty member in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, will succeed Hamilton, who will continue to teach in the English Department.

"To my mind, the Iowa Review is considered one of the finest literary magazines in the country because of David's tireless work in seeking out new talent, keeping in touch with old friends and contributors, and maintaining an atmosphere of quiet professionalism," Valentino said. "That he did this for 32 years is a remarkable and humbling accomplishment."

As one of the premier literary magazines in the United States, the Iowa Review has published a host of fine poetry and prose for 40 years, including works by Raymond Carver, Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Simic, Italo Calvino and Anne Carson. It has regularly published new writers, many of whom have become well-known literary figures.

The Sept. 3 event is sponsored by the UI Department of English, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, Writers' Workshop, International Writing Program, and Old Capitol Museum; M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art; and Prairie Lights Books.

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