Friday, October 30, 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 Review archives: Shakespeare and Scooby-Doo: An Interview with Terrance Hayes, 2016

    "I have a line in the last book about how to draw an invisible man, and it says, “I’m trying to be transparent.” I don’t actually want to be invisible, which is the dilemma of people of color, but I would like to be transparent, so people can see what my issues are, good and bad. I just try to be transparent and very present, and then see what happens."

  • From Prairie Lights Bookstore: Live event, Sunday Nov 1st - To Marvin: A Celebration

    Please join us for a virtual reading and celebration of Marvin Bell’s poetry by his friends, colleagues, and former students, including John Irving, Tess Gallagher, Heather McHugh, David St. John, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kwame Dawes, Ellen Bass, Juan Felipe Herrera, Stephen Kuusisto, Dorianne Laux, Lia Purpura, Eric Pankey, Lauren Haldeman and many more. The event will be hosted online by Prairie Lights Bookstore this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2PM CT.
  •  From the Iowa Summer Writing Festival: New Online Workshops announced in Flash Fiction and Poetry!

    The Iowa Summer Writing Festival will begin offering online workshops across the genres for writers at all levels, with registration open now!
  • From the International Writing Program:  A new issue of the 91st Meridian

    "When we were publishing  our Summer 2020 issue, we imagined that by the fall issue we’d be done with the pandemic and all its themes. Not so."

  • From our Online Writing Courses: Hidden Meanings: Creative Fiction, Non-fiction, and Facts

    This MOOC-Pack takes a creative fiction and non-fiction approach to understanding and recognizing information, misinformation, and disinformation.



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