Latest Writing News

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.

UI researcher’s book examines why distrustful public has turned to bottled water

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
A research fellow at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center has published a book on Americans’ distrust of the government when it comes to drinking water.

‘Along Came a Spider’ author James Patterson donates to Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
The University of Iowa, Howard University, PEN America and Scholastic Book Clubs are among the latest recipients of donations from James Patterson, the bestselling author who has given over $100 million to literary and literacy programs.

Iowa Journalism Professor Stephen Bloom releases new book

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Stephen Bloom’s latest nonfiction book explores the saga of a rural Iowa teacher who became world famous after importing a controversial social experiment on racism into her classroom and around the globe.

Faculty member wins award from National Communication Association

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
E Cram, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, is the recipient of the National Communication Association's (NCA) New Investigator Award. The award recognizes current members of the Rhetoric and Communication Division of the NCA who have established a robust research project within eight years of receiving a doctorate and who have the potential to contribute significantly...

Iowa surpasses Harvard, Princeton as No. 2 for writing

Monday, September 12, 2022
The University of Iowa is the No. 2 university in the country for writing, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.