The Writing Matters Podcast is a collection of conversations with writers about their work, their process, and their paths to publishing their work. A collaboration between the Writing University and the English Department at the University of Iowa.



Latest Episodes

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Episode 4: Tim Johnston, author of Distant Sons

Monday, December 18, 2023
Tim Johnston is a graduate of the University of Iowa English Department, with an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He’s the bestselling author of Descent, The Current, the O. Henry prize-winning story collection Irish Girl, and the Young Adult novel Never So Green. His latest book is Distant Sons.
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Episode 3: Louisa Hall, author of Reproduction

Thursday, October 19, 2023
Louisa Hall is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Iowa, and the author of four critically acclaimed novels, including her most recent, Reproduction, which was published by Ecco in 2023.
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Episode 2: Rachel Yoder, author of Nightbitch

Monday, August 21, 2023
Rachel Yoder is a graduate of the Iowa English Department’s Nonfiction Writing Program, and the author of Nightbitch which has been adapted as a series for Hulu, to debut this year. The book was named a best book of the year by Esquire and Vulture, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction.
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Episode 1: Interview with Lauren Haldeman, author of Team Photograph

Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Today's episode is a discussion with Lauren Haldeman about her new graphic novel, Team Photograph (Sarabande, 2022), and her evolution as a writer, student, mother, and artist through a career that includes two earlier books, Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014), and Instead of Dying (University Press of Colorado, 2017).