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July 8, 2009

Valentino to succeed Hamilton as editor of the Iowa Review

Russell Scott Valentino (left), a professor in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will succeed David Hamilton as editor of the Iowa Review when Hamilton steps down at the end of the summer.

Hamilton (right), who has served as the review's editor for 32 years, will continue teaching as a regular faculty member in the college's Department of English. A reception in his honor is planned for the fall.

"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. I hope to continue in the same spirit."

Valentino will take over just in time for the magazine's 40th anniversary, which will be marked by three gala issues in 2010, a redesign of the magazine and the launch of a new online portal.

As one of the premier literary magazines in the United States, the Iowa Review has published a host of fine poetry and prose over three generations, 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 went on to become well-known literary figures.

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