Feb 17, 2022
Those outside the field of literature may not know, but The North American Review, America’s oldest literary magazine, is housed right here at UNI. The magazine is over 200 years old, living a varied and colorful life — featuring work by presidents, famous poets, artists, as well as notable prose writers of the nonfiction and fiction types. One thing it has never done though, is feature women as its production team from end to end. Til the Fall 2021 issue, that is.
In the basement of Bartlett Hall on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) campus, four women are meeting in person for the first time in a long time. It’s early June of 2021, before the resurgence of Covid-19, the Delta variant has passed, but Omicron will follow. They are excited to be together to plan the Fall 2021 issue of the North American Review (NAR), America’s oldest literary magazine, housed at UNI.
To say that the issue is going to be historic is an understatement. The magazine is over 200 years old, living a varied and colorful life—featuring the writing of...