November 23, 2018

Walk Two

Five years ago, I was standing in my house—a large fading Victorian with bad carpet and cracked shingles. I lived in this house with three other graduate students. Two of them were writers, and we were having a party. I remember we had just hosted a reading in our living room where, along with others, I read some poems. I was wearing my favorite black wrap dress, and I was drinking a glass...

November 14, 2018

Nurse Ratched—Mildred, as she has me call her from the start (she is Millie to friends, as she tells me three times)—lives a brisk, fifteen-minute walk from the Oregon State Hospital, where she is employed as a nurse supervising the men’s ward. (“It’s simply practical. Close to home for convenience, but just far enough away for comfort,” she tells me, impatiently.) 

But Mildred owns an expansive Vi...

November 5, 2018

I once believed in the beauty of God.

In the parking lot at St. Mary’s, the Catholic school I attended from kindergarten through the first half of fourth grade, a thick yellow line ran down the middle of the parking lot, dividing us kids at recess. Boys on one side, girls—my friends—on the opposite. Including my best friend Lauren. We stood at the line and talked to each other. We twirled down the...

June 22, 2017

Poetry is a beautiful, joyful art—no matter how dark its subject matter. It’s a celebration of our voices, our ability to raise them, the lives we’re inhabiting and sharing, and, yes, also, a celebration of those who are willing to read and listen. We answer our recent State of the Union issue with this, our 2017 National Poetry Month issue, and we’ve filled it with jubilation and triumph, a mix o...

June 10, 2017

Every November, Iron Horse Literary Review opens its submission gates for our annual Trifecta competition, which celebrates marathon-long stories, essays, and poems. The winners receive $250 each and are published in our summer series of e-singles, perfect for vacation reading on your handheld devices.

The winning manuscripts will be released later this month, right here, for free! Read them! Share...

Well, here we are.

I admit: when we first conceived of the IHLR State of the Union issue, I believed Hillary would win the 2016 presidential election, and so I envisioned this issue as a text of hope: Look how far America has come. Look where she will go now. Isn’t she beautiful? Instead, in the days after the election, I found myself struggling to grasp the magnitude of living under rabid conserva...

October 20, 2016

The 2016 IHLR Trifecta are finally available!

As we announced earlier this semester, we had a long, hard summer, and we've been racing to catch up. We're very pleased to announce the release of our 2016 Trifecta winners: Kate Norris's "Collateral Damage" (fiction), Sarah Pape's "Grand Avenue" (nonfiction), and Tiffany HIggins's "The Apparition at Fort Bragg" (poetry).

Norris's short story, "Collater...

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...

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