Inara Verzemnieks

Inara
Assistant Professor
Office: 
417 EPB
Phone: 
319-335-0474

Inara Verzemnieks’s essays and journalism have appeared in such publications as The New York Times MagazineTin HouseThe AtlanticThe Iowa Review, and Creative Nonfiction. A Pushcart Prize winner and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, as well as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, she previously worked as a newspaper journalist for thirteen years. 

Her first book, a memoir, which retraces the steps of her grandmother and great-aunt in the wake of World War II, and recounting her own journey back to the remote Latvian village where her family broke apart, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. 

She is a graduate of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.