Jonathan Travelstead works as a full-time firefighter for the city of Murphysboro, Illinois, while finishing his MFA at Southern Illinois University. When not on duty, he backpacks twice each year in Central America and Europe and works on an old dirt bike he hopes will one day get him to Peru.
With 2013, The Iowa Review enters its 43rd year of continuous publication. We select most of our content from the several thousand unsolicited manuscripts that arrive each year from across the country and abroad. We see our mission as nudging along American literature, being local but not provincial, experimental but not without respect for literary traditions. You may find writers already familiar to you in our pages, but you will surely also come across others who are not. Discovering a new voice, one not heard before but clear and compelling and ready to show us something just beyond what we've known and grown accustomed to—that still seems the magic of our work.The Iowa Review