Writing Arts

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.
students in writing master class

Iowa high schoolers learn from UI’s celebrated Nonfiction Writing Program

The Lloyd-Jones Residency was established to give Iowa high school students a college experience through intensive writing master classes
A group of 26 students from seven high schools across Iowa got to study with faculty and graduate students in the UI’s Nonfiction Writing Program through the Lloyd-Jones Residency for Versatile Writing. “I thought this only happened in the movies,” said one participant after attending a graduate student reading.
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.

‘The Iowa Review’ features veterans’ writing with Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award

Winner, runners up from 2016 published in Spring 2017 issue
“The Iowa Review,” one of the most respected literary magazines in the country, is bringing veterans’ work to a wider audience through the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest. The contest honors Jeff Sharlet, a Vietnam veteran, anti-war activist, and founder of “Vietnam GI.”

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.