Interview with Essay Contest Winner Claude Clayton Smith

Claude Clayton Smith is a Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, an author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, and the latest winner of our nonfiction essay contest. His winning essay, "Question Mark," caught our attention with its poignant descriptions of both the beginning and end of a relationship. The essay is featured in our Spring 2012 issue. Earlier this year, Iris connected with Claude via e-mail to ask him about his journey as a writer.

If This Is So, Then What?

The Arriaga Sisters show how to hold on to joy even as they fight on the front lines of the world’s cruelty.

Alexandra and Ximena Arriaga are sisters and activists in two of the bleakest areas of the cultural landscape—international human rights and domestic violence, respectively. Yet they are two of the most joyous women we’ve met.

Iris Magazine Spring Release, Featuring Author Ginger Moran

Thursday, April 19 5:00 p.m.–6:15 p.m. U.Va. Women's Center Come Wish Print Iris Bon Voyage! To commemorate the release of the last Iris Magazine print edition, the Women’s Center is hosting a bon voyage party! Join us as we usher in the new digital era for Iris while mingling with other readers and enjoying delicious food and refreshments. Also, the Center’s very own Associate Director, Ginger Moran, will be reading from her new book, The Algebra of Snow. A copy of this critically acclaimed novel will be raffled off to one lucky person!

Jen Lilley's Ten Favorite Films

As the U.Va. Today News Blog and others have reported, actress and alum Jen Lilley has hit stardom with her roles on General Hospital and the French film, The Artist. In preparation for the Oscars, where The Artist was slated (and did eventually win) "Best Picture," we once again caught up with Jen to ask her what her favorite movies were. Here's what she shared with us: 1. La Vie En Rose.  I love how raw this movie is.

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