At the University of Iowa, we love our writers, our programs, we love our graduates and our students -- and we love the wealth of engagement 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 and helpful treasures from our family to yours. Enjoy what you find, take what you need, and be well.
- From The UI Stanley Museum of Art: "Summoned Mother," a video memoir series of a particular American motherhood: Black and uniquely precarious.
This three-volume video series features Dr. Tameka Cage Conley, a literary artist and mother to a six-year-old Black boy, as she responds to George Floyd’s breathless call on motherhood. Conley juxtaposes the works of Elizabeth Catlett with those of contemporary Black poets.
From the Iowa Review archive: Entangled Freedom - An Interview with Charles Johnson
"What I brought to that story—to that theme—was my interest in the billion-dollar beauty industry we’ve created in America, and how that industry negatively affects black women in terms of things like very expensive weaves."
From University of Iowa Press: An interview in the @LittleVillage with University of Iowa Press author Barry Phipps!
"Iowa City multimedia artist Barry Phipps has released his most recent book of photographs, Driving a Table Down. It’s a visual travelogue told over 18 days and 108 pages, detailing a trip taken with his mother from Iowa to Florida, to visit (and deliver the titular furniture to) family."
- From our Free Online Courses: How Writers Write Poetry I
This MOOC-Pack presents the International Writing Programs's first poetry writing MOOC, designed for beginning and experienced writers.
From the Iowa Writers' Workshop: Read an excerpt from Workshop alum C Pam Zhang's debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold in the Johannesburg Review of Books
"Those gold men really think this land belongs to them" — How Much of These Hills is Gold, is a revisionist immigrant fable set during the American gold rush which reimagines the myth of the American West
And that's it!
We hope you enjoy. And check back each week for a new list.