May 13, 2019

Several years ago, Iron Horse published Anne Valente’s short story, “Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down,” about the connection between a school shooting and a series of mysterious fires.  It was one of our favorite pieces ever – it was later anthologized in our Best of IHLR Anniversary Issue.  Now, Valente’s second novel, The Desert Sky Before Us, is being released from William Morrow, and we could...

February 12, 2019

I’ve never been good at revision.  In fact, it’s always been a mystery to me, and I never saw how a writer took something apart and then put it back together, still cohesive, maybe even more so.  One writing teacher told me that in revision is power, maybe the only power a writer could ever have, because here is where she gets to be deliberate.  But for me, I had no access to that power, because I...

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