Latest Writing News

UI author’s book named to Barack Obama’s 2023 Summer Reading List

Friday, August 11, 2023
What Napoleon Could Not Do, a literary novel written by Derek (DK) Nnuro, curator of special projects at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, recently received a unique honor when President Barak Obama named it to his 2023 summer reading list.

Iowa writer Jesus “Chuy” Renteria wins Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Monday, July 17, 2023
Poets & Writers announced on July 14 the winners of the 2023 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award: David Ehmcke for poetry and Jesus “Chuy” Renteria for fiction.

CLAS faculty member E Cram wins 2023 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award

Monday, July 17, 2023
The Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) has announced E Cram as the winner of its 2023 Book Award for their 2022 work titled Violent Inheritance: Sexuality, Land, Energy, and the Making of the North American West. This award is presented annually to the best publication by an RSA member published during the current academic year.

The Daily Iowan receives numerous awards from Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, April 10, 2023
The Daily Iowan won top honors in seven of nine categories—including best student newspaper, best TV newscast, and best website—in a regional journalism competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Chang wins 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for latest novel

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor in the Arts at Iowa, won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for her novel, The Family Chao.

Finding Joy in Early Black Writing

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
In a recent PBS installment of Amanpour and Company, Tara Bynum, professor of English and African American Studies at Iowa, talks about her new book, Reading Pleasures: Everyday Black Living in Early America, which explores the ways that four early Black writers named and expressed happiness and joy despite being enslaved.

DK Nnuro on his debut novel 'What Napoleon Could Not Do'

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
In this interview with NPR, Derek (DK) Nnuro talks about his debut novel, What Napoleon Could Not Do, a book that depicts how America is seen through the eyes of three characters with African ties. Nnuro is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, teaches writing at Iowa, and is curator of special projects at the Stanley Museum of Art.

International Writing Program resident Karunatilaka wins 2022 Booker Prize

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Shehan Karunatilaka, spring 2022 resident of the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), has been honored with the 2022 Booker Prize for his second novel, "The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida."

New book celebrates writers as aesthetic, political agents

Thursday, October 20, 2022
A faculty member in the University of Iowa Department of English has published a book that argues that state and state-affiliated cultural diplomacy contributed to the making of postwar U.S. literature.

UI assistant professor begins postdoctoral fellowship at McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
University of Iowa Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies Tara Bynum began a nine-month term as the Barra Sabbatical Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies on Sept. 1.