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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

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Book Launch for Nonfiction, the Teaching of Writing, and the Influence of Richard Lloyd-Jones

Friday, February 23, 2024 7:00pm
Nonfiction Writing House
The UI Nonfiction Writing Program presents the book launch for Nonfiction, the Teaching of Writing, and the Influence of Richard Lloyd-Jones, edited by NWP Alumni Laura Julier & Douglas Hesse. This special event, held Friday, Feb. 23 at the Nonfiction Writing House (530 N. Clinton St.), features NWP alumni Laura Julier, Douglas Hesse, John T. Price, Tom Montgomery Fate, and writer Patricia Foster, who was a professor in the NWP for 25 years. 
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Reading & Q&A with Kemi Alabi

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 6:30pm to 7:30pm
English-Philosophy Building
The English Department will be hosting writer Kemi Alabi for a reading and Q&A. From kemialabi.com: Winner of the Academy of American Poets First Book Award, selected by Claudia Rankine · Kate Tufts Discovery Award Finalist · Chicago Review of Books Award Winner · Publishing Triangle Award Finalist · A New York Public Library Best Book of 2022 Kemi Alabi’s transcendent debut reimagines the poetic and cultural traditions from which it is born, troubling the waters of some of our country’s...
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Krause Essay Prize Ceremony Celebrating Writer Chris Dennis

Thursday, March 21, 2024 7:30pm
Old Capitol Museum
The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program is pleased to announce that writer Chris Dennis has won the 2023 Krause Essay Prize for his essay “We Were Hungry,” which appeared in Astra. Dennis, author of the story collection Here is What You Do, will be honored at the Krause Essay Prize award ceremony on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Senate Chambers, where he will present his winning essay. There he will receive the Prize’s $10,000 award and an...