Friday, July 17, 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.


  • From the International Writing Program: Women’s Creative Mentorship Project Anthology

    "The Women’s Creative Mentorship Project focuses on mentorship between young, emerging female writers, and female IWP Fall Residency alumni. Read the full collection of work here: Women’s Creative Mentorship Project Anthology

  • From the Iowa Review archives: “There Is No White Culture in This Country”: An Interview with James Alan McPherson 

    "I think that if you study the first generation of slaves out of slavery, you find that they were artisans, they were brick masons, they built all the plantation houses in the South. They weren’t just field hands, they were architects. That threatened the power structure, and so from 1896 until the early ’50s, there was an attempt to suppress any evidence of black intelligence. It was aimed at making sure black laborers never competed with white laborers. That accounted for the mass wave of migration out of the South. In Ellison’s Invisible Man, there’s a segment called “Golden Day.” Those guys are old professionals."

  • From Public Space One: The Center for Afrofuturist Studies at PS1 launches new digital platform

    The new site,, was designed by Rahul Shinde and collaborator Rush Jackson, and will serve as a robust platform for digital artist projects as well as an archival resource for exploring and supporting artists working towards Black futurity.

  • From our Free Online Courses: How Writers Write Poetry II 

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

  • From the Iowa Summer Writing Festival: Eleventh Hour podcast from last year's festival: The Transformative Power of Reflection in Nonfiction

    In this episode (originally recorded in July 2019), "The Transformative Power of Reflection in Nonfiction", Juliet Patterson explores transforming your writing with your thought process. Listen here!



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