Writing Arts

UI Libraries announces May 12 deadline for requesting books from Main Library storage

Beginning this summer, University of Iowa Libraries will be moving 425,000 volumes from the Main Library’s basement storage to the new off-site Libraries Annex. Place an InfoHawk+ delivery request by May 12 for any storage collection material that you will need between May 2017 and May 2018.

Honors Library of Congress to hold special event honoring Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson, professor emerita at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will be honored at the Library of Congress with a special event titled Fiction, Faith and the Imagination on Monday, April 3. The event will be live-streamed on the Library’s YouTube site at youtube.com/libraryofcongress.

Honors Four UI faculty members win top teaching award

Four University of Iowa faculty members have won the 2017 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of their years of outstanding teaching. The recipients are Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Julie Jessop, Russell Larsen, and Thomas Oetting.

UI scholars, publisher play key role in bringing landmark Walt Whitman discovery to light

UI Press publishes newly uncovered Whitman novella
Scholars at the University of Iowa and the staff at the UI Press helped University of Houston graduate student Zachary Turpin share his landmark Walt Whitman discovery, a previously unknown 165-year-old novella called “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle,” with the world. UI Press published the book on Feb. 20.

Top ‘New York Times’ editor visits UI for annual Informatics Showcase

Matthew Ericson manages visual storytelling across the newsroom, got his start at ‘The Daily Iowan’
“The New York Times” uses big data to tell big stories. Leading the visual storytelling effort at the “Times” is UI alumnus Matthew Ericson, an early advocate of visual journalism and a former staff member of the University of Iowa’s “Daily Iowan.”
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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.