U.S. Poet Laureate

juan felipe herrera

Former US Poet Laureate reflects on his writing and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Juan Felipe Herrera says the Workshop was one of three main phases of his life
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera says his time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop was a pivotal bridge between his writing as a young activist in the Chicano Movement and his writing as a poet laureate.
Garth Greenwell, Yaa Gyasi, and Adam Haslett with book covers

Three Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumni win big in literary awards season

Garth Greenwell, Yaa Gyasi, and Adam Haslett, among others, recognized nationally
Alumni from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop won an exceptional number of national literary awards in this year’s awards season. The novels of three alumni in particular—Adam Haslett, Garth Greenwell, and Yaa Gyasi—received numerous honors. Workshop director Lan Samantha Chang says alumni were heavily represented in all categories of literary award.