North American Review celebrates bicentennial

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Julie Husband, department head, languages and literatures, 319-273-2821,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The North American Review (NAR) is the longest running literary magazine in the United States, founded in May 1815. To commemorate the 200-year anniversary, the University of Northern Iowa will host a creative writing and literature conference Thursday, June 11, through Saturday, June 13.

There will be multiple keynote speakers presenting at Strayer-Wood Theater on UNI's campus during the conference:

- Steven Schwartz, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11. Schwartz is the author of award-winning     

  story collections and currently fiction editor of Colorado Review.

- Patricia Hampl, 7:30 p.m., Friday June 12. Hampl is a Regents Professor at the University of

  Minnesota and is known for her many award-winning essays, reviews, poems and works of


- Martín Espada, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 13. Espada is an English professor at the University  

              of Massachusetts-Amherst and a well-established poet, editor and essayist.

Along with keynote speakers, there is a full list of other events. At 1 p.m., Thursday, June 11, there will be an art exhibit at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 W. Seerley Blvd. in Cedar Falls. On Friday, June 12 NAR press is launching the book "The Great Sympathetic: Walt Whitman and the North American Review" edited by Jeremy Schraffenberger at the Hearst Center for the Arts. At 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13, Judith Harris will present a lecture, "The Healing Effects of Writing About Pain: Literature and Psychoanalysis," at the Hearst Center for the Arts. A full list of events can be found on the NAR conference website at

From the NAR's starting roots in Boston to its current location in Cedar Falls, it has been an important American institution with a storied history and a reputation for promoting emerging writers. Starting off as the country's foremost magazine, many famous literary figures such as John Adams, Mark Twain, Woodrow Wilson and Abraham Lincoln have written for the magazine. The NAR moved to New York City in 1878, eventually being purchased by UNI in 1968.

Registration for the conference is $125 per person. The student rate is $75, and guest passes are available for $10 per person each day.

For more information about NAR, or to register for the conference, visit