Inara Verzemnieks

Inara Verzemnieks
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. 

She is especially interested in stories that cannot be accessed unless the writer is on the ground, fully immersed in the lives she is trying to understand – stories that demand that we stay and inhabit a place until we move past seeing it simply as spectacle.  

Her first book, a memoir, “Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe,” which retraces the steps of her grandmother and great-aunt in the wake of World War II, and recounts her own journey back to the remote Latvian village where her family broke apart, will be released by W.W. Norton in July 2017.

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