University of Iowa

Valentino to succeed Hamilton as editor of 'The Iowa Review'

Russell Valentino

Russell Scott Valentino, a professor in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will succeed David Hamilton as editor of The Iowa Review when Hamilton steps down at the end of the summer.

Hamilton, who has served as the review's editor for 32 years, will continue teaching as a regular faculty member in the college's Department of English. A reception in his honor is planned for the fall.

"To my mind, The Iowa Review is considered one of the finest literary magazines in the country because of David's tireless work in seeking out new talent, keeping in touch with old friends and contributors, and maintaining an atmosphere of quiet professionalism," Valentino said. "That he did this for 32 years is a remarkable and humbling accomplishment. I hope to continue in the same spirit."

Valentino will take over just in time for the magazine's 40th anniversary, which will be marked by three gala issues in 2010, a redesign of the magazine and the launch of a new online portal. Read more...


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