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Philip Roth (1933-2018) on Iowa City

Philip Roth, one of the major figures of 20th century literature, died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday night. The author, known for his darkly comic novels and short stories, was 85. His first book, Goodbye Columbus, a collection of five short stories and a novella, won the National Book Award in 1960. The title […]

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Iowa City’s world-class wrestling, writing and the politics in between

It’s not surprising that Iowa City is hosting an international literary conference and an international wrestling championship in the same week. What is surprising is which of these events is embroiled in international controversy. […]

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National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes to read at Dey House

Poet Terrance Hayes, who will be reading on Friday, March 3 at the Dey House in Iowa City, situates himself in a unique juggle. People tend to place things in dichotomies. Poetry is no different, pitting schools of thought against each other: confessional vs post-confessional, description vs exposition, poets of the academy vs poets of […]

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Writer’s Workshop alum Garth Greenwell makes National Book Award longlist

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Garth Greenwell made the longlist for the National Book Award in fiction. His novel, What Belongs to You (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), has earned wide international acclaim and even received a separate UK edition. What Belongs to You follows the unlucky and complicated romance between an American high school teacher […]

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Bill Bryson talks Iowa homecoming at Writers’ Workshop

“This is the first time I’ve gotten to the Writers’ Workshop,” said Bill Bryson, to the audience gathered in the sun-filled Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House. The Iowa-born writer and current resident of England is one of the most widely published authors of nonfiction. This week, the University of Iowa awarded Bryson […]

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Interview: Elizabeth Willis reflects on the ‘unacknowledged legislators’

Poet and Iowa Writers’ Workshop instructor Elizabeth Willis is the author of the collections Turneresque (2003), Meteoric Flowers (2006) and Address (2011). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Willis talked with Little Village regarding her newest collection, Alive: New and Selected Poems (2015, NYRB), and its […]

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Writers’ Workshop grad Tony Tulathimutte reads from debut novel

Reading: Tony Tulathimutte Prairie Lights — Thurs., May 7 at 2 p.m. Novelist and Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Tony Tulathimutte will read from his debut novel, Private Citizens (William Morrow Paperbacks), tonight at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore. Tulathimutte is looking forward to reading at the beloved local bookstore. “I spent more time in […]

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Week-long events with Afrofuturist artist Tiona McClodden

Tiona McClodden Public Space One, Iowa City, May 3-6 The Center for Afrofuturist Studies welcomes artist-in-residence Tiona McClodden to Iowa City. Several events have been scheduled with the artist this week. Events commence Tues., May 3, at 6 p.m. when Tiona will provide a talk and Q&A at Public Space One. On Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. […]

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Marilynne Robinson to retire from Workshop

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 […]

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