Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Spring 2020 issue has arrived just in time to celebrate The Iowa Review's 50th birthday! Readers are invited to cozy up and fully immerse themselves in the words, worlds, and narratives that lie within. Filled with summer reading, these poems, stories, and essays promise to transport to places faraway, and offer solace through the experiences of others.

In this issue: birthday cake, auctioneering school, the 2018 Hawaii false missile alert, a male masseuse in Kanagawa Prefecture, a love performance, the winner of the 2019 David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni, and tributes to Connie Brothers.


→ Love Performance
By Alberto Olmos, Translated from the Spanish by Nina Perrotta

Tributes to Connie Brothers:

→ For Connie
By Robert Hass

→ The Working Sister of the Muses
By Brenda Hillman

and more!

Check out the 50th Anniversary issue today: Volume 50.1, Spring 2020


The Iowa Review is a literary magazine based in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Iowa. Founded in 1970, it publishes three print issues per year featuring the best in poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. Work from its pages is consistently selected to appear in such anthologies as Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. More information about The Iowa Review, including how to subscribe or purchase individual issues, can be found at