Latest Writing News

Daily Iowan buys two local papers saving them from closure

Monday, March 18, 2024
The Daily Iowan, a non-profit university newspaper, has purchased two local newspapers saving them from shutting down. Students from the University of Iowa will help both papers cover their communities.

UI's Aron Aji named 2024 National Book Awards judge

Thursday, March 14, 2024
Aron Aji, director of the Translation programs at Iowa, was named a 2024 National Book Awards judge. He has translated poetry and prose by Turkish writers, including Bilge Karasu, Ferit Edgu, Murathan Mungan, and Ebru Ojen.

Donika Kelly reads Mary Oliver

Friday, February 23, 2024
On this podcast, Donika Kelly joins Kevin Young to read “One Hundred White-Sided Dolphins on a Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, and her own poem “Sixteen Center.” Kelly is the author of two poetry collections, and the recipient of an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A founding member of the collective Poets at the End of the World, she teaches at the University of Iowa.

University of Iowa Solves One Big Problem, and Perhaps a Bigger One

Friday, February 16, 2024
Last year, donors contributed $500 million to support local news. And that’s in addition to the tens of millions of dollars of operating losses at billionaire-owned newspapers like the Washington Post and L.A. Times. Then on Jan. 29, higher education joined the fight. That’s when the University of Iowa’s Daily Iowan announced it had acquired two nearby community papers: the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun, and the Solon Economist.

What Drives Kaveh Akbar? The Responsibility of Survival

Friday, February 9, 2024
Kaveh Akbar, director of the English and Creative Writing major at Iowa and associate professor, had a raging addiction and little reason to believe his life would turn out well. Now he has a debut novel, “Martyr!,” which makes you want to “get up and yell.”

Daily Iowan wins 3 Pacemaker awards

Friday, December 1, 2023
The Daily Iowan was named national Newspaper, Online, and Multiplatform Pacemaker winners by the Associated Collegiate Press on Oct. 30 and was one of only three college news organizations in the country to win all three awards.

Writers' Workshop graduate wins the 2023 National Book Award for Fiction

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Justin Torres, a 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, won the 2023 National Book Award for Fiction at the 74th National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner in New York City on Nov. 15.

UI holds top public nursing, writing programs in ‘US News’ rankings of best universities

Friday, September 15, 2023
The University of Iowa improved its national ranking in undergraduate nursing programs to No. 4 and is tied for No. 1 among public universities, while also remaining the best public writing program in the country, according to the latest rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

Is Jamel Brinkley the best short-story writer of his generation?

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Jamel Brinkley, assistant professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, talks about his new collection of short stories, "Witness." The book follows his widely celebrated 2018 debut collection, “A Lucky Man,” which was a finalist for a National Book Award, the John Leonard Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

What the pope’s visit to Mongolia says about his priorities and how he is changing the Catholic Church

Monday, August 28, 2023
Kristy Nabhan-Warren, professor and V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies, published an article in The Conversation, an independent news organization dedicated to unlocking the knowledge of academic experts for the general public. As a scholar of Roman Catholicism, Nabhan-Warren describes how Pope Francis' official travels are part of his decade-long effort to rebrand the Roman Catholic Church as a religious institution that centers on the poor.