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Garrett Stewart, a Reader

Monday, February 12, 2024

UI faculty highlight benefits, share tips on working with media to promote work

Thursday, February 1, 2024
When Tara Bynum, University of Iowa assistant professor of English and African American Studies, published her first book, Reading Pleasures: Everyday Black Living in Early America, she was able to share her words with an even larger audience than she could have imagined: She was interviewed by PBS in February and was featured on an April episode of The Takeaway podcast, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry.

Leafing Through Literary Genres at the UI

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Dr. Lori Branch teaches a Gothic Literature class on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in the University of Iowa. The class invites writing fellows into the classroom to advise and inspire students, and is currently reading “The Castle of Otranto” by Horace Walpole.

Upcoming Events

Lucas Mann in conversation with Melissa Febos - Live from Prairie Lights

Friday, April 26, 2024 5:30pm
Prairie Lights Books
Join us at 5:30 pm with the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program Alumni Reading Series! NWP alum and former Prairie Lights employee Lucas Mann will read from his new book, Attachments: Essays on Fatherhood and Other Performances, and be joined in conversation with author Melissa Febos. "Attachments is an intelligent and searching exploration of vulnerability in all its forms. Lucas Mann's essays attain a naturalness of form without ever losing their penetrating insight and gorgeous sensibility. Some...