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Listen to “His Father’s Wake” by Alicia Wright

“His Father’s Wake” by Alicia Wright will appear in 38.2 Winter 2016 issue. “His Father’s Wake” was the winner of the 2016 Poetry Prize selected by judge Camille Rankine.

Listen to her read “His Father’s Wake” here.



Originally from Georgia, Alicia Wright has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she recently earned her MFA. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Prelude, The Southeast Review, and New South, where she was the winner of the 2015 New Writing Contest. She lives and teaches in Iowa City, Iowa.


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Indiana Review is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 #IR22 Twitter Contest! From insightful commentaries to comic relief, we received many inspired entries to our IR Taylor Swift inspired prompt. After careful deliberation we chose two winners who will receive an IR prize pack and renowned Twitter glory. It was a tough decision with all of our followers submitting such amazing tweets: scroll through the tweets from #IR22 and you’ll see what we mean!


Our #IR22 Twitter champions:


runner up


winning tweet

We’d like to thank everyone who participated; we have quite the clever Twitter following and the tweets were all truly entertaining to read. Keep an eye out for our 2016 1/2 K Prize which opens July 1st judged by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. The creativity that you packed into 140 characters was astounding; imagine what you could do with 500 words!



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#IR22 Twitter Contest!


We currently have an outstanding Twitter following at 21K! We’ve decided to celebrate our Twitter friends (and hopefully make a few more) with a contest: 21K is a lot of followers but, like Taylor Swift, we’re “feeling 22.”

Channel your inner Taylor and tell us how you think iconic literary characters would finish this line: “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling …” To enter this contest, find our tweet introducing this contest on our Twitter account @IndianaReview and  tweet us your most inventive responses. Make sure to hashtag the literary character you’re spoofing and then hashtag #IR22. Read others’ responses at your own discretion: there’s bound to be a few spoilers.

Example Tweets:

  • I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like my father will hear about this. #DracoMalfoy #IR22
  • I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like you’ve bewitched me body and soul. #MrDarcy #IR22
  • I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like my friends are backstabbers. #Caesar #IR22

Our favorite responses will win an IR Prize Pack. Responses are due by Monday, June 27 by 12 PM EST. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty excited!

Good luck, and look out for our 1/2 K 2016 Prize that opens July 1st!

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Interview with 2016 1/2K Prize Judge Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Our 2016 1/2K Prize Judge is Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of many poetry collections such as Lucky Fish and of the upcoming collection of essays World of Wonder. In this interview, she discusses genre-blurring, some of her favorite animals, and what she might be looking for in the prize-winning entry.



Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently, Lucky Fish.  She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Brevity, Poetry, Tin House, and in The Best American Poetry series. She is a professor of English at The State University of New York at Fredonia, and in 2016-17, she will be the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
You can follow her on Twitter @aimeenez.

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Announcing Our 2016 Poetry Prize Winner!

We are proud to announce that judge Camille Rankine has selected “His Father’s Wake” by Alicia Wright as the winner of Indiana Review‘s 2016 Poetry Prize! Thank you to everyone who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s Prize possible. “His Father’s Wake” will appear in our Winter 2016 Issue.

2016 Poetry Prize Winner:

“His Father’s Wake”
Alicia Wright

Camille Rankine says about the winning piece: “What strikes me first about ‘His Father’s Wake’ is the unmoored energy of it. The phrases drift and crash into one another. They collide, they ricochet and spin away. These movements make a voice that is both wild and deliberate, steady and reckless in turn. The effect is captivating. I feel each shift and slow and quickening in my breath, in my heart’s beat.”


“Witch Questions the So-Called Higher Power” by Annah Browning

“Abduction” by Cara Dees

“Kaleidoscope” by Rochelle Hurt

“The First Year We Lived Underground” by Anna Leigh Knowles

“Self Portrait as Siren, as Fig” by Clare Paniccia

“To Body for its Apertures” by Avia Tadmor

“Hibernation” by Talin Tahajian