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Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Joy Harjo is named U.S. poet laureate

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Joy Harjo was named U.S. poet laureate, the first Native American poet to hold the post.

Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Joy Harjo becomes the first Native American U.S. poet laureate

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Joy Harjo was named the first Native American U.S. poet laureate. Harjo received an MFA from the UI in 1970.

Iowa Writers' Workshop grad wins world's richest prize for novel

Friday, June 14, 2019
This year’s €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award was won by 33-year-old U.S. author Emily Ruskovich for her debut novel, Idaho.

The book on Boyd

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
In his forthcoming memoir, Sandy Boyd shares how he made a difference in the world while working in the Midwest. “A Life on the Middle West’s Never-Ending Frontier” will be available May 20 from UI Press.

The narrative experiment that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Friday, May 3, 2019
University of Iowa professor Corey Creekmur weighs in on the storytelling used in the Marvel Universe and Avengers: Endgame.

IWP’s Merrill awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program Christopher Merrill was one of 168 winners of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s 2019 fellowships. The recipients, announced April 10, were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

IWP launches Women's Creative Mentorship Project

Friday, April 5, 2019
The new Women's Creative Mentorship Project focuses on mentorship between emerging female writers and female IWP Fall Residency alumni. The inaugural session began with a 4-day in-person conference at the 2019 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (AWP) in Portland, Oregon, March 27-30.

Iowa Writers' Workshop student helps youth find their voices as indigenous people

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
The seventh annual Phoenix Indian Center Youth Leadership Day featured two internationally known Native women whose work inspires youth to embrace their own indigenous cultures, one of which was Cinnamon Spear (Northern Cheyenne-Montana) from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Yellow fever's history of humans, microbes, and ideas

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Mariola Espinosa, associate professor in the University of Iowa Department of History, is examining yellow fever — once a terrifying killer that violently took the lives of half of the people who contracted it — in the Caribbean for a new book project.

UI visiting professor Eduardo Halfon wins Edward Lewis Wallant Award

Friday, January 25, 2019
The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies has named author Eduardo Halfon the 2018 Edward Lewis Wallant Award winner for his novel, Mourning.