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The Krause Series in Contemporary Nonfiction

The Krause Series in Contemporary Nonfiction is made possible by the generous support of the Kyle J. and Sharon Krause Family Foundation. Visiting writers regularly join the Nonfiction Writing Program for a week or a semester at a time. In addition to teaching workshops, seminars, and master classes, visiting writers give readings at various venues in downtown Iowa City. Readings are open to the public. 



Kiese Laymon
Kiese Laymon

Former Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor and author of Heavy: An American Memoir
October 16th, 7:00 pm, Online (via ZOOM)

Moderated by NWP alum and UI Provost's Postgraduate Visiting Writer Darius Stewart


This event is co-sponsored by the Creative Matters lecture series and the Carver College of Medicine. It is a part of the Art and the Pursuit of Social Justice seriesThe Creative Matters lecture series is sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research, in collaboration with the UI Arts Advancement Committee.

Melissa Febos
NWP Faculty Reading: Melissa Febos, Andre Perry, and Louisa Hall

Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood, reads with Andre Perry, author of Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, and Louisa Hall, author of Trinity

October 23rd, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books (ONLINE)

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Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
2020 Krause Essay Prize Winner Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

A ceremony celebrating the 2020 Krause Essay Prize Winner, Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, author of GRASS
October 29th, 7:00 pm, Online (via ZOOM)

To register, please email

Jeff Porter
Jeff Porter

Former NWP Professor and Author of Planet Claire: Suite for Cello and Sad-Eyed Lovers

December 10th, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books (ONLINE)


Translator Janet Hendrickson
Janet Hendrickson

NWP alum and translator of Sebastián de Covarrubias's Treasure of the Castilian or Spanish Language

Fall 2020 TBD, online

Susan Steinberg
Susan Steinberg

Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor and author of Machine
Spring 2021 TBA - online

Joey McGarvey
Joey McGarvey

Senior Editor at Milkweed Editions
Spring 2021 TBA - online