Latest Writing News

Kristen Radtke awarded a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

Monday, October 7, 2019
Kristen Radtke, a 2012 graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, won the 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. Given annually by the Whiting Foundation, the grant awards $40,000 to a writer "in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction."

UI Press author named to 5 Under 35 list

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Ashley Wurzbacher, author of Happy Like This, released this fall from the University of Iowa Press, was named one of the 2019 National Book Award’s 5 Under 35 authors.

Calvin Hennick (BA English '04) wins Pushcart Editors' Book Award

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Calvin Hennick, who earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2004 from the University of Iowa, has won the Pushcart Editors' Book Award for his new book, Once More To The Rodeo: A Memoir.

29 writers from 26 countries convene for 11 weeks at IWP

Monday, September 9, 2019
The University of Iowa's International Writing Program welcomes 29 writers from 26 countries to its 11-week Fall Residency for writing and cultural exchange, hosted with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and the UI in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature.

Huffman awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Jane Huffman, grants and funding manager for the Iowa Youth Writing Project, was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Iowa School of Social Work adds a master class follow-up to popular creative writing seminar

Monday, August 5, 2019
The University of Iowa School of Social Work has added a master class as a follow-up to the popular Creative Writing Seminar for Social Workers, which has provided writing courses for 29 years.

Lessons from a tragic summer: UI author Simon Baltos takes on the Chicago Race Riot of 1919

Monday, July 29, 2019
One hundred years ago, violent race riots rocked Chicago. Two recently published books explore the the underpinnings of law enforcement’s relationship with the black population, the false promises Chicago held for new settlers escaping the South and the questions from the race riot that still haunts the city today.

UI professor publishes ' Remembrance of Things Present: The Invention of the Time Capsule'

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
University of Iowa Associate Professor Nick Yablon's recent book, Remembrance of Things Present, traces the birth of the time capsule to the Gilded Age, when growing urban volatility prompted doubts about how the period would be remembered—or if it would be remembered at all.

Librarian of Congress Names Joy Harjo the Nation's 23rd Poet Laureate

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The Librarian of Congress announced the appointment of Joy Harjo, Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumna, as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-20. Harjo will begin her duties in the fall, opening the library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work.

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.