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Marilynne Robinson to retire from Workshop


Marilynne Robinson -- photo by Adam Burke
Marilynne Robinson — photo by Adam Burke

F. Wendell Mills Professor of Creative Writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Marilynne Robinson will teach her last class Friday. Robinson’s work has been awarded with the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Orange Prize, two National Book Critics Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

For the past 25 years, Robinson has taught graduate fiction workshops as well as seminars on Shakespeare, Faulkner, the Bible, and Moby Dick. This fall she spoke with president Barack Obama in Des Moines in a two part interview series for the New York Review of Books.

“I was here when she started,” said Deb West, Writers’ Workshop program secretary, “She has been a wonderful addition to the Workshop community. We will miss her dearly.”

Marilynne Robinson has authored four books of fiction: Housekeeping (1908), Home (2004), Gilead (2008), and Lila (2014). She has been the author of several collections of essays on topics ranging from religion to nuclear energy.


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