Yaa Gyasi

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.
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.