October 7, 2016

So . . . it’s football season. We accept that millions of stout fans cheer for their favorite professional teams, real or fantasy, every Sunday. They love the fact that television can stretch a mere four quarters—each only 15 minutes in length—into a miraculous 3-hour and 12-minute broadcast. They don’t care that ball-in-play action only comprises 11 minutes of that 192-minute show. They're not di...

September 1, 2016

While Texas Tech University has graciously funding the production of Iron Horse since we launched our first issue in 1999, routing the request for budget support through each of the various administrator's offices was a three- to four-month-long process. And every year, we worried, terribly, until we heard each August that we did in fact have financial support for the next production year.

Last wee...

August 30, 2016

We admit . . . we had a long summer: some tragedy among our ranks, and lately, it seems as if there is no way to bring Americans together. Too many people would prefer to keep us separated one from another, via walls and prejudice and anger and fear. This election season promises to be particularly difficult emotionally, and social media has become anything but social--it is, in many ways, simply...

April 27, 2016


On July 10, 2015, in Waller County, Texas, Sandra Bland, a 28-year old woman from Naperville, Illinois, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop for failing to use her blinker. Because her arrest took place on a Friday afternoon, she was held over the weekend, and Monday morning, Sandra was found hanging in her cell. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but much sus...

April 23, 2016

On May 7, 2014, in Hearne, Texas, the nephew of Pearlie Golden dialed 911 to report that his aunt, 93-year-old Pearlie Golden, was waving a gun, upset because he had taken her car keys after she failed a driving test. Clearly, the woman was elderly and mentally impaired. However, when police officer Stephen Stem arrived at the scene, he saw the frail woman waiving the gun around, but rather than a...

April 19, 2016

On February 16, 2014, police officers were called to a home in Bastrop County, Texas, to investigate a domestic disturbance complaint between two men living in the household. When officers arrived, Yvette Smith complied with their request to open the front door and was almost immediately shot in the head and stomach. The officers first claimed that Smith had a gun, but they recanted that statement...

April 15, 2016

As part of our recent release of the IHLR #LikeAGirl Issue, we're mounting several blog posts in honor of the #SayHerName movement, which "sheds light on Black women's experiences of police violence in an effort to support a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice." While much media coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter movement focuses on police brutality against young black men, the #SayHerName...

January 1, 2016

Sports and literature might seem odd bedfellows at first glance, but only at first glance. Sure, players, coaches, and referees make their living by doing—running, jumping, throwing, catching, blowing whistles, and keeping play fair—and even strategizing involves an active, diagram-drawing, game-film-watching, fingernail-drumming freneticism that literature, with its calm turning of pages, might n...

November 28, 2015

Sure, you could gift wrap an actual horse. Or you could simply purchase a gift subscription to Iron Horse for you favorite writer or reader (including yourself!). Now through Cyber Monday, our subscriptions are on sale: $12 for six issues (regularly $18). AND we'll add our DVD issue to unwrap on Christmas morning!


Purchase right here.  

August 25, 2015

For Superbowl XLIX, Always launched a powerhouse commercial that focused on the frequently used insult “like a girl.” What does it mean to throw like a girl? the spot asks. To run like a girl? To fight like a girl? Since when did doing something “like a girl” mean doing it in some anemic, faint-hearted way?

Well, apparently, since forever.

Only young girls don’t know that. They aren’t taught soc...

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