'Volga River Review' launched onto bookshelves

Volga River Review

Upper Iowa University faculty advisor Adrianne Finlay, associate professor of English and director of creative writing, and editors recently hosted a launch party of UIU’s Volga River Review literary journal. Displaying copies of the publication are (l-r) Desiree McNeese, Dr. Adrianne Finlay, George Laub, Samantha Vorwald, Erica Minich, and William Kenney.

FAYETTE, Iowa (May 6, 2015) – The Upper Iowa University creative writing program has released the third volume of Volga River Review. The 2015 publication is a literary journal featuring creative fiction and poetry works of Upper Iowa students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“The journal is much more than a publication, however,” noted Adrianne Finlay, associate professor of English and director of creative writing. “It is also a laboratory where students learn about the literary world in a hands-on way.”

In addition to gaining invaluable experience while reading, sorting, and evaluating the submissions, she explained the student editors learn to deal with the ins and outs of creating, editing, producing, and publicizing a literary journal.

“As a result, members of the Upper Iowa community have the satisfaction of sharing their work, while the extended community can also enjoy reading the final product,” said Finlay. “This year’s Volga River Review continues to be a place where current and former UIU students can come together. This is truly a place of community – a literary community, a cultural community, a learning community, an Upper Iowa community.”

Volga River Review was originally created as a project-based learning experience where students on the creative writing track for the English major would have the opportunity to edit, publish and publicize a literary journal.

Contributors for the spring 2015 issue include the following:

Editor-in-chief Samantha Vorwald, editors Charly Harms, William Kenney, Paige Keppler, Jack Lane, George Laub, Desiree McNeese, and Erica Minich;

Poetry: Skip Afzal, Susan Arias, David Fernandez, Caitlyn Finger, John Hansen, Charly Harms, Allyson Rose Herkowski, Jack Lane, George Laub, Desiree McNeese, Bill Mech, Sadie Meegan, Erica Minich, Kathleen Serley, Melle Starsen, Kaitlin Thomas, Lee Ann Walker;

Fiction: Jim Barrett, Todd Dralle, Brad Fisher, John Hansen, William Kenney, Paige Keppler, Michelle Lane, C. Denver Mullican, Nick Serra, Samantha Vorwald, Lee Ann Walker;

Cover Photo: Joshua Bauer. 

Anyone interested in submitting creative work to next year’s journal is encouraged to send a Word doc. by email to volgariverreview@uiu.edu with the subject line VRR 2016. For additional information, contact Finlay at finlay@uiu.edu.

View photos from the Volga River Review launch party at https://www.flickr.com/photos/upperiowauniversity/sets/72157649977970633/.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

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