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UI Visiting Professor Hanif Abdurraquib's A LITTLE DEVIL IN AMERICA won a 2022 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

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Congratulations to University of Iowa professors Melissa Febos and Donika Kelly, both finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards

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Congratulations to Jane Wong, Ann Patchett, Joy Williams, Michelle Gil-Montero, Kelsi Vanada, and Lisa Wells, on the longlists for PEN America's 2022 Literary Awards

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NWP faculty Melissa Febos' BODY WORK gets a starred review in Publishers Weekly! Says, “This is a wonder.”

Congratulations to former visiting faculty member Joy Williams! Winner of the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

A New York Times Review of NWP professor Melissa Febos' GIRLHOOD calls it "smart, radical company, and not ordinary at all.”


Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop Lan Samantha Chang has been named a 2021-22 Berlin Prize Fellow, awarded to scholars, writers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their field!

Congratulations to the 2021 Guggenheim Fellows, including those with Iowa connections: Sandra Lim, Stephen Kuusisto, Tracie Morris, Alexander Chee, and Tayari Jones!

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