Nonfiction Writing Program

Visiting Writers Series

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. 


 

verzemnieksInara Verzemnieks

Winner of the Margolis Award

August 30th, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books

 


 

futrellSusan Futrell

NWP Alumna

September 12th, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books

 


 

wolfeBrendan Wolfe

Author of Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope & Finding Bix

September 18th, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books

 


 

wallace-wellsDavid Wallace‑Wells

Senior Editor at New York Magazine

September 20th, Time TBA, Lohaffer Seminar Room

 


 

laymonKiese Laymon

Bedell Distinguished Visiting Writer

October 12th, 7:00 pm, Van Allen Hall

 


 

richardsonJohn Richardson

Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor

November 6th, 7:00 pm, Van Allen Hall

 


 

porterJeff Porter

Author of Lost Sound & Understanding the Essay

November 29th, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books

 


 

chew-boseDurga Chew‑Bose

Author of Too Much and Not the Mood

February 8th, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books

 


 

fosterPatricia Foster

Winner of the Clarence Carson Award for Nonfiction

February 28th, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books

 


 

jacobsAlex Jacobs

Agent at Cheney Literary

March 27‑28th, Time TBA, Lohaffer Seminar Room

 


 

viren

ferreiraSarah Viren & Lina Ferreira

Winners of the Riverteeth Literary Nonfiction Prize & the Rona Jaffe Award

April 4th, 7:00 pm, Prairie Lights Books

 


 

wheeler

baumgartJoshua Wheeler & Barrett Baumgart

Winners of the New Western Writers Award and the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction

April 16th, 7:00pm, Prairie Lights Books

 


 

Recent Visiting Writers

Carl Klaus, Francesca Rendle-Short, Eliot Weinberger, Jim McKean, Jen Percy, Bernard Cooper, Julene Bair, David Lazar, Angela Pelster, John McPhee, Vivian Gornik, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Rebecca Solnit, Maggie Nelson, Wayne Koestenbaum, David Rakoff, Phillip Lopate, Lauren Slater, Donovan Hohn, Gretel Ehrlich, David Shields, Richard Rodriguez, John Edgar Wideman, Cheryl Strayed, Michael Silverblatt, Joe Wenderoth, Jenny Boully, Terry Tempest Williams, Ander Monson, Lawrence Weschler, Eula Biss, Pico Iyer, Patricia Hampl, Jo Ann Beard, Eliot Weinberger, David Lazar, Hope Edelman, Jill Bialosky, Allison Bechdel, Dorothy Wickendon, Jeff Sharlet, Margo Jefferson, and others.