North American Review to celebrate 50 years at UNI with writing conference

UNI NEWS SERVICES – The North American Review (NAR), the oldest and one of the most well-regarded literary magazines in the United States, will host a writing conference April 19-21 to celebrate the magazine's 50 years on the University of Northern Iowa campus and a redesign of the magazine’s format.

Terry Tempest Williams
American author Terry Tempest Williams will give a keynote reading during the North American Review writing conference.

Writers, teachers and scholars from around the country will share their work and participate in generative writing workshops led by prominent featured writers. The conference will be launched with a keynote reading by NAR contributing editor Terry Tempest Williams at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, in Lang Hall Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow.

Williams is an American author, conservationist and activist. Her writing is influenced by Mormon culture and the beautiful landscape of her home state, Utah. Her work explores ecology, wilderness preservation, women's health, and human relationships between culture and nature. Williams has received the highest honor given to an American citizen, the Robert Marshall Award. She has also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association, the Wallace Stegner Award and the Community of Christ International Peace Award.

The North American Review's summer issue will also be launched at the writing conference. A new, recently discovered poem by Allen Ginsberg, one of the most important 20th-century American poets, will be published and featured in the magazine along with an original portrait by artist Gary Kelley.

Featured writers, including award-winning essayist and poet Taylor Brorby, American writer of fantasy Kij Johnson and poet Martín Espada, will host workshops, readings and lectures throughout the day on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21.

This conference is free and open to the public. For more information about the North American Review's writing conference, including a full schedule and how to register, visit


Jeremy Schraffenberger, associate professor of English and editor of the North American Review, 319-273-3879,

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