Friday, September 4, 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: Tracie Morris to join Workshop faculty

    "We are so excited that Tracie is joining our permanent poetry faculty,” says Chang, director of the Workshop and Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor of the Arts. “Her expertise and brilliance of innovation as a poet and performer is revolutionary. She is also an exceptional and inspiring teacher."

  • From the Iowa Review archives: Descent, Michael White, 2019, from the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

    "We moored at dusk. The gangway clanked & swayed / beneath my weight, Vesuvius a blue / ghost at my back as I walked into Naples / on the seawall."

  • From The Iowa Youth Writing Project: See this week's Writing Prompt on Twitter: "Invent a Device"

    "Have you ever wanted to be the next great inventor? The IYWP is here to help you achieve that dream! Take out some paper and pencils and write about a device you want to create and what it would do!" Check out the prompt here.
  •  From the University of Iowa Press: Announcing the winners of the UI Press 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize!

    The 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize has been awarded to Emily Pittinos’s The Last Unkillable Thing and Felicia Zamora’s I Always Carry My Bones. This year’s judge was Brenda Shaughnessy.

  • From our Online Writing Courses: Whitman's Civil War - Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster MOOC-Pack

    This MOOC-Pack provides the core content of the past MOOC Whitman's Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster. You can use this MOOC-Pack on your own, or you can use it to lead a writing class or a study group.



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