Friday, July 3, 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.


  • Nonfiction Writing Program News: Books by faculty and alums of the NWP on The Rumpus list What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Pride

    "Some great titles on the list, including GIRLHOOD by Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP) professor Melissa Febos and the debut novel by NWP alum Zaina Arafat."

  • 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 University of Iowa Press: Just Checking In: UI Press author Chris Gavaler

    "The ghost hovering over your shoulder joyfully anticipates the word you’re about to type." University of Iowa Press author Chris Gavaler shares his quarantine routines, a great writing prompt, book suggestions and playlists this week!

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

    Designed for both beginning and experienced writers, this MOOC-Pack offers a progressive study of the craft of writing fiction.

  • Online Opportunities: The Iowa Youth Writing Project is offering a free online summer camp Living in a Material World!

    "Tired of being stuck indoors? Check out the Iowa Youth Writing Projects’s free online summer camp for ages 12 -17, “Living in a Material World” with instructor Sallie Fullerton. Use this link to register 12 to 17-year-old students!"



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