‘Iowa Review’ annual reading at Prairie Lights

Reading: ‘Iowa Review’

Prairie Lights Bookstore — Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

Section of the cover of the latest issue -- courtesy of the 'Iowa Review'
Section of the cover of the latest issue — courtesy of the ‘Iowa Review’

The fall 2016 issue of the Iowa Review is on shelves, and the University’s beloved journal will be hosting their annual Iowa City reading at Prairie Lights tomorrow, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. Editor Harry Stecopoulos will be hosting local artists Jenny Colville, Margaret Reges and Amy Margolis, who will read their work. A reception at the Prairie Lights Cafe will follow the event.

Colville’s story “Center” was chosen for the current issue. She is the founding editor of Prompt Press, and her debut collection, Elegies for Uncanny Girls, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press.

Margolis contributed her story “Don’t Look Up” for the issue. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and directs the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa.

Margaret Reges’s poems have appeared in the Iowa Review in the past. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center.

Publication of the new IR issue is reason for celebration, but the real highlight comes on an elegiac note, as the issue features two poems by the late poet Max Ritvo who passed away just last week due to Ewing’s sarcoma. His debut collection, Four Reincarnations, is forthcoming from Milkweed Press.

“It’s not that his life passes to the shadow—
but a tipping happens
as in an hourglass,

and there’s suddenly a new order
to the life he never knew was shared.”

— from Ritvo’s poem “Poem Set in the Day and in the Night,” featured in the fall 2016 issue of the Iowa Review.

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