Writing Arts

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The politics of poetry

Indian poet Akhil Katyal on politics in poetry and the UI’s International Writing Program
Akhil Katyal, professor of English literature at Shiv Nadar University in New Delhi, India, and author of “Night Charge Extra,” speaks about his poetry and his time at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

‘I was able to be the main subject of my writing’

Ukamaka Olisakwe on becoming a writer, the new generation of female Nigerian authors
Ukamaka Olisakwe, 34, is a novelist, screenwriter, and short-story author recently named one of Africa’s 39 most promising writers under the age of 40. She is currently participating in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
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.
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Marilynne Robinson, according to her students and friends

Former students recall Robinson’s influence on their careers
Upon the announcement of Marilynne Robinson’s retirement last spring, “Iowa Now” interviewed six former students about her influence on their writing. Listen to their inspiring accounts.

Honors UI alumnus awarded National Humanities Medal

Physician and author Abraham Verghese, who received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1991, is among the recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal.
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UI Libraries hosts Shakespeare's First Folio

The University of Iowa Libraries has launched Shakespeare at Iowa, a special exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio and a statewide celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
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Celebrating Shakespeare at Iowa

First Folio exhibition comes to the UI
Four hundred years after Shakespeare's death, the University of Iowa will celebrate his life and work with events headlined by the "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" exhibition, which will be on display in the UI Main Library Gallery from Aug. 29 through Sept. 25.
UI Provost P. Barry Butler and President Bruce Harreld walk to the stage at Convocation.

Welcome home to a new UI

President Harreld comments on exciting changes at the university
As we begin a new academic year, President Harreld takes the opportunity to tell new and returning students, faculty, and staff about exciting changes at the University of Iowa.