Friday, September 25, 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 part of our community.

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 Iowa Writers' Workshop: Two Iowa Writers' Workshop alum on The National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" list!

    The National Book Foundation has released their 2020 "5 Under 35" recipients! This year's list has not one but two Writers' Workshop graduates! Congratulations C Pam Zhang and Fatima Farheen Mirza!

  • From the Iowa Review archives: Very Special Friend, Maggie McKnight, 2008

    "During the reception, we stood by the river and marvelled at all the folks -- family members, friends, gays, straights, people of all ages -- who had gathered to celebrate."

  • From the Nonfiction Writing Program: Hanif Abdurraqib, NWP's Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor last semester, wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

    Hanif Abdurraqib has won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for A Fortune for Your Disaster. The prize recognizes the most outstanding poetry book published in the US the previous year and has a $25K stipend.
  •  From the Literary Translation program: An interview with Literary Translation MFA candidate Mallory Truckenmiller Saylor

    "Right now, I’m really just trying to soak up all the advantages of being in Iowa City, of being surrounded (virtually, right now) by talented artists and scholars, whose influences have started to show up in my work."

  • From our Online Writing Courses: Power of the Pen - Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction

    This MOOC-Pack focuses on writing about identities, communities, and social issues in fiction and nonfiction.



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