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Strong books for Strong Girls

UI education professors teaching girls about strength through literature
A weekly after-school program founded by faculty in the University of Iowa College of Education is using books to talk with girls at local elementary schools about how to be strong.
Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing.  Photo by Michael Lionstar.

Yaa Gyasi returns to Iowa City after meteoric success

After selling for a seven-figure advance, ‘Homegoing’ wins praise nationally
Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumna Yaa Gyasi returns to Iowa City to read from her debut novel, “Homegoing,” which she developed while in the workshop—and which has garnered national praise.
Mother reading a book to her young child

Interaction during reading is key to language development

UI study finds how caregivers respond to the sounds babies make during book reading could be link to language development in young children
A new UI study finds babies make more speech-like sounds during reading than when playing with puppets or toys—and mothers are more responsive to these types of sounds while reading to their child than during the other activities.

An innovative technique to assess reading ability

UI researchers help develop online assessment designed to help target interventions for struggling middle school readers.
Researchers at the University of Iowa say it takes more than knowing what reading skills are missing to develop effective intervention plans for struggling middle school readers. Educators also need to know how these students are using the reading skills they already have.

Strayed to read from work May 8

In a special event co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, Cheryl Strayed will read from and talk about her work at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. The reading also will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University website.

Kate Christensen to read from memoir May 7

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Kate Christensen will read from her memoir, “Blue Plate Special,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in a free reading at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. The reading also will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University website.

Writers' Workshop alumni to read April 30

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumni Jane Mead, Larissa Szporluk, and Heidi Johannesen Poon will read from their poetry at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. The reading also will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University website.

Peary to read from Iowa Poetry Prize-winning work April 29

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Alexandria Peary will read from her third book of poetry, “Control Bird Alt Delete,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. The reading also will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University website.

James Galvin, T. Geronimo Johnson to read at Writers' Workshop

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate T. Geronimo Johnson and Writers’ Workshop alumnus/faculty member James Galvin will present a free reading at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Glenn Schaeffer Library, adjacent to the Dey House.

Schiff, Levine to read from poetry April 24

University of Iowa faculty poets Robyn Schiff and Mark Levine will read from their work at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in a free reading at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. The reading also will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University website.

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