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Announcing the 2017 Half-k Prize Winner!

We are excited to announce that the winner of the 2017 Half-K Prize is Latifa Ayad for her flash fiction piece “Arabic Lesson.” Many thanks to everyone who submitted their work and made this year’s prize possible. “Arabic Lesson” will appear in our Summer 2018 issue.

2017 Half-K Prize Winner: “Arabic Lesson” by Latifa Ayad

Donika Kelly says about the winning piece: “While the story of ‘Arabic Lesson’ is quite simple—a grandchild witnesses their grandfather pass out from low blood sugar—I am compelled by the tension between what the speaker knows—how to deworm a sheep, the arm flapping required—and what the speaker doesn’t know—the Arabic word for sugar or whether the grandfather is alive or dead. A state of unknowing undergirds the world of ‘Arabic Lesson,’ how one continues not to know, and the unwillingness on the part of the narrator to import knowledge or wisdom to their younger self, no matter how quotidian that knowledge might be”


“The Boy Is a Soap Bubble” by Gabriela Garcia

“Half Moon” by Eliza Smith


“How Our Light Is Spent” by Lorain Baumgardner

“Exit/b (Terminate script)” by Molia Dumbleton

“Love Poem, Ending” by Courtney Flerlage

“Origin Story” by Tom Howard

“Parable of the Golem” by Perry Janes

“Miss F. Tells Our Fortunes” by Quinn Lewis

“I Watched a Bat Kill Itself in Yuma” by Iliana Rocha




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Interview with 2017 Blue Light Reader Cathy Bowman

Poet and IU Professor of Creative Writing Cathy Bowman will be one of three readers at this year’s Blue Light Reading. Here she discusses the inspiration behind her Blue Light Workshop, “The Kitchen Session,” as well as her recent book Can I Finish Please? (Four Way Bookos 2016) and current creative projects.


CATHY BOWMAN is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Can I Finish Please? (Four Way Books in 2016.) Her writing has been awarded the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Poetry, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and four Yaddo Fellowships. She was the recipient of a faculty teaching award and the IU President’s Arts and Humanities Award. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and Kenyon Review.

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2017 Poetry Prize Twitter Contest!

Finding a diamond in the middle of a rough draft feels like a gift – until you start editing and realize that you have to cut it. We at Indiana Review want to find a home for all of your murdered darlings. Share the line of poetry that it killed you to delete for a chance to win an IR Prize Pack and one free entry to the 2017 Poetry Prize!

Examples include:

@IndianaReview: But her pawn, like she, had moved on/and he found himself staring/grandmastered again. #IRDarlings

@IndianaReview: Gold pressed in between a god’s thin fingers/bone-like, too warm, thick with saliva and greed. #IRDarlings

@IndianaReview: There is forever the pull of muscle/sparking young eyes and the confidence/to keep putting one foot in front of the other. #IRDarlings

Make sure to tag @IndianaReview and use the hashtag #IRDarlings when sharing your murdered darlings. While there will only be one winner, we will also be awarding several runner-ups IR Prize Packs.

Follow us at @IndianaReview to see updates on this contest and more, and be sure to submit to the 2017 Poetry Prize! More information can be found on our website:

The deadline for the Twitter Contest is March 10th, 2017 at 12PM EST.

What My Last Man Did by Andrea Lewis: Excerpts Part 2

What My Last Man Did won the Indiana Review / IU Press 2016 Blue Light Books Prize and is forthcoming from IU Press in March 2017. Read excerpts from two of Andrea’s stories below, and pre-order your copy of What My Last Man Did today!


Andrea Lewis’s work has appeared in many literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Cutthroat, Cold Mountain Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. Three of her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a founding member of Richard Hugo House, the place for writers in Seattle. She lives with her husband on Vashon Island, Washington. More of her work is available at

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