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The Nation's Oldest Literary Magazine Lives on in Iowa

Gary Kelley/North American Review


Did you know that the nation’s oldest literary magazine is alive right here in Iowa?

The North American Review moved from the east coast in the 1960s, carrying its legacy that boasts writers like John Steinbeck, Walt Whitman, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut, into the Midwest.


In this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by editor of the North American Review, Jeremy Schraffenberger, and North American Review poetry editor, Rachel Morgan, to discuss the magazine’s history, its place in Iowa, and the future of the publication.


Later in the hour, a conversation with Iowa Public Radio senior music producer Barney Sherman about a new project called Choral Iowa, which aims to explore Iowa’s diverse choral scene.


Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Digital Producer
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa