Friday, August 7, 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 Center for the Book: Tim Barrett - The story of a papermaker

    From a Fulbright Fellowship studying papermaking in Japan to winning a MacArthur "genius grant," Tim Barrett has put the University of Iowa on the map with his achievements, dedication to teaching, and global approach to understanding his craft.

  • From the Iowa Review archives: The University Abandoned Overnight, Bill Knott, 1970

    "The complete echoes between the science plaza, / The practice-fields, dormitories, classrooms, the millions / Of books in perfect alphabetical / Order."

  • From The Carver College of Medicine's Writing and Humanities: 5Q Interview with third-year medical student Liana Meffert

    "When you’re a writer, I think you’re always reading for research and pleasure…it’s impossible to avoid."

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

    This MOOC-Pack provides the core content of our past MOOC How Writers Write Fiction II. You can use this MOOC-Pack on your own, or you can use it to lead a writing class or study group.

  • From the Iowa Summer Writing Festival: Eleventh Hour podcast re-release: The Music of Language, the Language of Music (2019)

    In this episode re-release, The Music of Language, the Language of Music, author Sands Hall shares tricks for bringing the music of language into your work. Listen here!



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


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