Posts By: Tessa Yang

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Interview with 2018 Blue Light Books Prize Judge: Samrat Upadhyay

The 2018 Blue Light Books Prize for an outstanding story collection is open until February 9. In this interview, final prize judge Samrat Upadhyay discusses writing politics, madness, and what he expects from a powerful short story collection.

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Samrat Upadhyay is the author of the short story collections Arresting God in Kathmandu (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), The Royal Ghosts (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), and Mad Country (Soho Press)and the novels The Guru of Love (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), Buddha’s Orphans (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010), and The City Son (Soho Press 2014). Upadhyay has also co-edited the anthology Secret Places: New Writing from Nepal (University of Hawai’i Press). His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, an Asian American Literary Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Book Award. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University – Bloomington.

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Microreview: Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties

Review by Tessa Yang

In the opening story of Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection, the narrator, stealing into the woods to have sex with her boyfriend, offers the following reflection: “I have heard all of the stories about girls like me, and I am unafraid to make more of them.” “Unafraid” is an apt descriptor of Her Body and Other Parties, released yesterday from Graywolf Press. It is a book that pushes back: against literary conventions, against the stigma and silence surrounding queer sensuality. In these eight stories, Machado bulldozes the barriers between sci-fi, fantasy, literary fiction, horror, and erotica, and makes us wonder how we ever could have dreamed of separating them. Read more…

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Indiana Review Internships

 

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Indiana Review seeks one intern for Summer 2018 and two for Fall 2018. Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

Over the summer, we will begin production for our 40.2 issue and host both the Don Belton Fiction Reading Period and the Half-K Prize. During the fall semester, we’ll finish production for our 40.2 issue, read for our 41.1 issue, host both the 2018 Fiction Prize and the 2019 Blue Light Books Prize, and participate in First Fridays and literary events around Bloomington.

Interns are immersed in the day-to-day management of the journal; they also have the chance to attend genre deliberation meetings and to proofread, allowing for an insider look at the literary decision-making process. Maximum 6 hours in office per week.

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IR Editors Tell All: Favorite Future-themed Work

From September 1 to October 31, Indiana Review will be reading for the Futures Folio, a special themed insert that will appear in our fortieth issue next summer. Here, the editors imagine possibilities for the folio by discussing some of their favorite futuristic poems, essays, and stories.

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