Friday, June 26, 2020

At the University of Iowa, we love our writers, our programs, we love our graduates and our students -- and we love the wealth of literature that they gift us, simply by being here.

We have created "5 Reads for Friday" as an easy, laid-back series, compiling a short list of inspirational, helpful and fun treasures from our family to yours. Enjoy what you find, take what you need, and be well.


  • Iowa News: The Iowa Writers' Workshop is delighted to announce that Jamel Brinkley will join the Workshop faculty in fall 2020

    "Jamel is an extraordinary writer and an exceptional teacher," says [Sam] Chang, director of the Workshop ... "I’m delighted to welcome him back to Iowa, where he will share his voice, expertise, and literary knowledge."

  • From the Iowa Review: The Iowa Review turns 50 this year! Explore their 50th anniversary issue, Volume 50/1, here!

    In this issue: birthday cake, auctioneering school, the 2018 Hawaii false missile alert, a male masseuse in Kanagawa Prefecture, a love performance, the winner of the 2019 David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni, and tributes to Connie Brothers.

  • From the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies: Pandemic Insights, a series of 20 videos

    How are you reflecting on the current pandemic through the lens of your research and art-making practice? This is the central question that we are posing to Obermann-connected scholars, artists, and partners through our new and growing video series, Pandemic Insights.

  • From our Free Online Courses: How Writers Write Fiction I

    This MOOC-Pack presents the International Writing Program's first fiction writing MOOC, designed for beginning and experienced writers.

  • Online Opportunities: Learn more about Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing's Online Certificate in Writing

    Designed with the intention of reaching students who are not able to attend courses on campus, the Magid Center's online certificate in writing allows nondegree-seeking, professional, or distance education participants the opportunity to take advantage of the University of Iowa’s impressive culture of writing from anywhere in the world.



And that's it!
We hope you enjoy. And check back each week for a new list.