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Episode 5: Interview with Bennett Sims

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Today's episode is a discussion with Bennett Sims about his new collection Other Minds and Other Stories, which was published in November 2023 by Two Dollar Radio., and his process, inspiration and writing life.
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Jayne Anne Phillips

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Prize Year: 2024

   Work: Night Watch   Prize Category: Fiction      UI Affiliation: Alumni (MFA) 

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Episode 4: Dan Beachy-Quick

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
In today's podcast, poet and translator Dan Beachy-Quick talks with us about his early writing days, and his current Greek translations.
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Episode 3: Carmen Maria Machado

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
"My godmother gave me stationary -- it was jungle themed stationary that had my name, it was customized -- and I would write stories and send them to publishers."
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5Q Interview: Gleisson Alves Santos, Literary Translation MFA

Thursday, February 15, 2024
"I am always deeply inspired by everything that surrounds me – people, songs and sounds, landscapes, books, classes, talks, and the list could easily go on."
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Episode 2: Rachel Yoder

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
In today's podcast, novelist Rachel Yoder discusses her wild experience adapting Nightbitch to a soon-to-be-released feature film starring Amy Adams.
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5Q Interview: Siqi Lui, Iowa Writers' Workshop

Thursday, January 25, 2024
"Before coming to Iowa, I was living in New York City, desperately wanting to write but spending most of my waking hours in an office job."
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5Q Interview: Ara Javaheri, Literary Translation MFA

Monday, January 22, 2024
"There are only a few literary translation programs at the graduate level and the University of Iowa was one of the oldest and most prominent ones."
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5Q Interview: Angie Lee, Iowa Writers' Workshop

Thursday, January 4, 2024
"The sheer excitement of being at the Workshop -- and having the privilege of reading and discussing the wonderful work of my friends here -- is inspiring me every day."
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Episode 4: Tim Johnston, author of Distant Sons

Monday, December 18, 2023
Tim Johnston is a graduate of the University of Iowa English Department, with an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He’s the bestselling author of Descent, The Current, the O. Henry prize-winning story collection Irish Girl, and the Young Adult novel Never So Green. His latest book is Distant Sons.
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5Q Interview: Jake Goldwasser, Iowa Writers' Workshop and Literary Translation

Monday, December 18, 2023
"I applied to Iowa four times before I got in. Originally I came here to study poetry at the Workshop, but then I stayed for a second degree in literary translation. They have both been helpful in their own ways."
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5Q Interview: Sophie Perez, UI Screenwriting BA student

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
"...what remained constant was my love for film, my passion for telling stories, and my desire to attend a school that would help refine my craft. That’s why I chose to go to the University of Iowa and major in Screenwriting Arts."
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Episode 1, Part 2: Vinnie Wilhelm + Dave Kajganich

Thursday, November 16, 2023
In part two of today's podcast, novelist and screenwriter Vinnie Wilhelm shares a section from a novel he wrote in high school, entitled "SPAM."
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Featured Archive: 'Time and Distance Overcome' by Eula Biss, from The Iowa Review, 2008

Monday, November 6, 2023
"Of what use is such an invention?" The New York World asked shortly after Alexander Graham Bell first demonstrated his telephone in 1876. The world was not waiting for the telephone."

Episode 1, Part 1: Dave Kajganich + Vinnie Wilhelm

Monday, October 23, 2023
On today's podcast, screenwriter and producer Dave Kajganich shares a short story that he wrote in high school entitled "Martin Cowell Boom Boom Dead."

Idiot List

Monday, October 23, 2023

Everything Is Dry

Monday, October 23, 2023
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5Q Interview: Tzveta Sofronieva, IWP Resident

Thursday, October 19, 2023
"There are days when I work the whole day because my text demands it. Then fellow writers supply me with a drink or a bagel late at night."
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Episode 3: Louisa Hall, author of Reproduction

Thursday, October 19, 2023
Louisa Hall is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Iowa, and the author of four critically acclaimed novels, including her most recent, Reproduction, which was published by Ecco in 2023.
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5Q Interview: Li Kotomi 李琴峰, IWP Resident

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
I believe the most important thing to do during the residency is to explore the city and the culture here, and meanwhile, to communicate with those writers from all over the world.
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Episode 131: Prepping for Publication: How and Where to Submit Your Manuscripts - Kelly Dwyer

Thursday, September 14, 2023
You've written and revised a novel, memoir, story, flash fiction, or poem, and now you want to submit it for publication.
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Episode 130: Writing into (and out of) Trope, Cliche, and Abstraction - Anna Bruno

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
To borrow a cliche, let's go down the rabbit hole. But on the way down, let's observe the dirt, the worms, the twists, the darkness, the sacred and the profane.
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Episode 2: Rachel Yoder, author of Nightbitch

Monday, August 21, 2023
Rachel Yoder is a graduate of the Iowa English Department’s Nonfiction Writing Program, and the author of Nightbitch which has been adapted as a series for Hulu, to debut this year. The book was named a best book of the year by Esquire and Vulture, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction.
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Episode 1: Interview with Lauren Haldeman, author of Team Photograph

Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Today's episode is a discussion with Lauren Haldeman about her new graphic novel, Team Photograph (Sarabande, 2022), and her evolution as a writer, student, mother, and artist through a career that includes two earlier books, Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014), and Instead of Dying (University Press of Colorado, 2017).
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Episode 129: Refine Your Writing With Attention to Style - Sandra Scofield

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
However creative and brilliant you are, your work is evaluated (consciously or not) for its style. What to do? Add style-review to your writing process.

Fruitcakes by Joshua David Mitchell

Friday, November 11, 2022
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Mural by Aaron Harris

Friday, November 11, 2022
light patterns on a blue wall

Frontier by Aaron Harris

Monday, October 17, 2022
balconies in the snow

Under the ocean by Aaron Harris

Monday, October 17, 2022
painting of a forest

Dear John Lennon by Anthony Rhodd

Monday, October 17, 2022
clouds from above

If I Hug You by Brandon Feighner

Friday, October 14, 2022
birds in a tree in fall

Overcoming Tragedy by Dillan Mankowski

Thursday, October 13, 2022
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Practice Typing by Frederick Mason

Thursday, October 13, 2022
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This Story by Gabriel Meister

Thursday, October 13, 2022
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Your Letter

Thursday, October 13, 2022
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Prison Life by Jeremy Reysack

Thursday, October 13, 2022
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The Iris by John Quanrude

Thursday, October 13, 2022
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Choose Life NOT Meth by Matthew Magers

Friday, September 23, 2022
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A Life of Strings by Michael Alkire

Friday, September 23, 2022
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The Execution by Michael John Wiese

Friday, September 23, 2022
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Lawn Art by Mike Lehman

Thursday, September 22, 2022
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One More Hour by Rod Minter

Thursday, September 22, 2022

I Am From The Circle by Shane Kendrick

Thursday, September 22, 2022
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Idiot List by Todd A. Meeker

Thursday, September 22, 2022
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Public Speaking by Travis Herman

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Reflection of industrial buildings in a pond.

Road to Nowhere

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Two dogs being walked with pink graffiti in the background.

Two True Souls

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Painting of a desert, pink mountains, and a sunset.

The Wildlife

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Digital artwork with abstraction of the globe with red and green squiggly lines.

Human Nature

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of a side of a building where an advertisement for an art gallery that was pasted onto the building has been ripped off.

She Howls

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Abstract painting with black, yellow, white, light pink, and blue.


Sunday, August 8, 2021
Illustration of tow men with connected bodies talking on chord phones and wrapped in the chords.


Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of a wall with a sunset shining on it.


Sunday, August 8, 2021
Illustration of Men Dancing in a Circle


Sunday, August 8, 2021
Pencil drawing of a man leaning against a car.

Corn Cribs and Prisoners

Sunday, August 8, 2021
A photo of a reflection of a tree in water held in a container with fruit. The container sits on a blue bench.

A Friend from Above

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of a beach bike selling beach floats along the shoreline.

Cost of Living

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Painting of a green lawn with red apples and oranges on it.

A Little (“Widdle”) Christmas

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Black and white photo of a building in winter with a tree in the foreground and the ground is covered in snow.

The Winter's Tale

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Painting of a person in a blue house at night.

Farewell to Arms

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of woods in winter looking through trees at high-rise buildings.


Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of a white square on a painted brick building.

Gas Light

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of trees growing on the side of a building.


Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of an old stairwell through a window which shows the reflection of the photographer, the blue sky, and buildings.

Four Point Peace

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of a lumber supply yard through a fence.

True Confession

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of red lanterns with hands.

Prison's a War

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Photo of dog in snow at night.

Man of Mystery

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Abstract painting with red, yellow, pink, orange, and green.

Our Time

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Photo of a semi driving on a highway at dusk.

Lost and Found

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Photo of a plant's shadow with part of the plant visible on the right.

Escape Your Prison

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Painting of large red person with a key heading to open a small blue door.

Thoughts of Your Letter . . .

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Black and white painting of person looking out of car window at another person.

Frozen Pancakes

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Black and white photo of a snowy yard surrounded by a fence.

Do Inmates “Fear” Christmas?

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Photo of a wooden box with seeds in it.


Saturday, August 7, 2021
Photo of a purple heart-shaped leaf.

Typical & Unusual

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Black and white photo of mother holding baby's foot.

Mothers Are Special 

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Photo of a backlit plant in front of a window where the sun is setting outside.

The Great Oak 

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Painting of a fictitious dollar bill or currency.

Lead In

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Painting of two men having a conversation and one crying.

Prison Reform

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Still-life painting of a light box next to a bottle and a vase.

Prison Phone

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Photo of one-story storage units that have been snowed in due to plowing; a rural, snowy landscape rises above to a blue sky.

Not Me

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Reflection of sunset over calm water out to horizon line and up into the clouds.


Saturday, August 7, 2021
Dark and moody photo of landscape.


Saturday, August 7, 2021
Pencil drawing of a hand reaching in toward a man driving a Toyota car.

On the Edge of Reality

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
A collage of a bust.

Progressive Daydreaming

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Annotated. Black image of Native American dream catcher with A-Rhodd above, trees on either side, and people laying down on either side as well.

Dear John Lennon

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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The City Council of Iowa City voted in March to rename Creekside Park as James Alan McPherson Park!

Monday, March 22, 2021
The City Council of Iowa City voted in March to rename Creekside Park as James Alan McPherson Park!
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David Sedaris reading, June 11, 2011

Monday, February 15, 2021
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John Graber reading, June 25, 2009

Monday, February 15, 2021
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Jonathan Blum reading, June 16, 2014

Monday, February 15, 2021
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Denis Johnson reading, March 6, 2014

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Norman Mailer reading, May 8, 1998

Monday, February 1, 2021

5Q Interview: Megan Lenss

Saturday, January 30, 2021
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Susan Sontag reading, April 27, 2000

Thursday, January 28, 2021
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Jenny Zhang reading, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Walking All Night

Thursday, December 10, 2020
I breach the hill to see another green sign, like an ancient artifact looming in the sky...
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Sarah Vowell reading, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
In this archive, Sarah Vowell reads from her book, "Wordy Shipmates."
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Jericho Brown and Amber Dermont reading, February 15, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing presents the 2015 Visiting Writers-in-Residence Reading, featuring Jericho Brown and Amber Dermont.

5 Reads for Friday: Nov 13, 2020

Friday, November 13, 2020

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Five Reads for Friday: Oct 23, 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020

Five Reads for Friday: Oct 16, 2020

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Five Reads for Friday: Oct 9, 2020

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Five Reads for Friday: Oct 2, 2020

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Five Reads for Friday: Sept 25, 2020

Friday, September 25, 2020

Five Reads for Friday: Sept 18, 2020

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Five Reads for Friday: Sept 4, 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020

Tracie Morris to join Workshop faculty

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

JIMMY LEE, WI., The Wrong Fang

Monday, August 3, 2020

5 Reads for Friday: July 31

Friday, July 31, 2020

5 Reads for Friday: June 26

Friday, June 26, 2020
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5 Reads for Friday: June 19

Friday, June 19, 2020

5 Reads for Friday: June 12

Friday, June 12, 2020

5 Reads for Friday: June 12

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Leigh Laz L., IA: To De ...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Sean W., WI: displacement

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

A. Rhodd, I Became Native

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Matthew F., MN: Never ... Yet

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
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Episode 128: Poetry and Questions of Peace - Zach Savich

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Is peace the absence of conflict or a state that can exist within conflict? How can writing cultivate, reveal, practice, and advance personal and shared forms of peaceable assembly?

Remembering Eavan Boland

Monday, April 27, 2020
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Episode 127: Writing the Elegy - Challenges and Approaches - Suzan Aizenberg

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Most of us who write feel the need to remember our dead in elegies, memoir, or fiction, a task that can be more difficult than we at first expect.

Narrative in Poetry

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In Praise of the Unlikely

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Writing Exercise: I Remember

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Disjunction & Surprise

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Action is Exciting!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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