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Heather Rounds


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"There" follows a young American journalist working in the capital city of the northern Kurdish region of Iraq, a land verging on economic boom, but never far from a violent past. A cross-genre work that most closely resembles a novel, the story is at once driven and diverted by the young reporter's struggles to negotiate her own uncertainties in a strange land observing, participating, and retreating daily from the people and events surrounding her. Assigned reports that the newspaper bosses deem fit for an inexperienced female foreigner, she ultimately turns to writing her own story, relayed with careful attention to the intricacies of language rhythm, acoustics, and repletion. What she discovers is that her own in-betweenness is only amplified in this foreign place, that the tension between ancient customs and contemporary conflicts somehow provides a familiar backdrop for her own attempts to relate to the people back home who, confused by her choice to travel to a dangerous place, ask, why go "there"?

Emergency Press, 9780983693284, 160pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

About the Author

Heather Rounds' poetry and short works of fiction have appeared in many literary publications, including "PANK," "Poet Lore," "The Baltimore Review," and "2River Review." She lives in Maryland.