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With Vince Gotera, editor of The North American Review


What's a literary magazine and how do you get your work into one?

Vince Gotera is editor of the North American Review, the US's longest-lived literary magazine (founded 1815).

His books include Fighting Kite, Ghost Wars, and Dragonfly (all poetry) as well as Radical Visions: Poetry by Vietnam Veterans (literary criticism). His poems, stories, and essays have been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies. Awards include a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry.

An English professor at the University of Northern Iowa, Vince has also taught at Indiana University, Humboldt State University, Grinnell College, and Wartburg College. He has a Master of Fine Arts in poetry writing and a PhD in American literature.

Vince lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his wife Mary Ann and their children Amanda, Amelia, Melina, and Gabe. Vince's son Marty—a graphic designer—lives in Bielefeld, Germany, with his wife Grace. Vince and family have two wheaten terriers, Ginger and Blue.

In fact, Vince's favorite color is blue: teal, sky, cobalt, electric, midnight, periwinkle. Vince's favorite of his bass guitars—an Ibanez EDA900—is painted metallic navy blue.

Please join Vince Gotera and Paula B. as they discuss, among other things:

  • What a literary review journal does
  • What he looks for in a submission
  • What turns him off when evaluating potential contributors' work
  • Whether a work has to be perfect to be selected.

Interviewee: Vince Gotera
Host: Paula B.
Date: August 10, 2008
Running time: 50:19
File size: 24 megabytes
Rating: G
The North American Review Web site: North American Review