Kerry Howley

Howley
Assistant Professor
Education: 
B.A. Georgetown, MFA Iowa
Office: 
423 EPB
Phone: 
319-335-2608
Research Interests: 
Essay Writing

Kerry Howley is the author of Thrown, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014. Writing in Salon, critic Lydia Kiesling called Thrown “extraordinary,” “incredibly bracing,” and reminiscent of “some of the boldest voices of twentieth-century fiction.” Novelist Lev Grossman called it “probably the most bizarre and fascinating book I’ve read this year” in the pages of Time, adding: “The precision of Howley’s prose reminds me of Joan Didion or David Foster Wallace…. She writes like somebody in ecstasy.”

Publisher’s Weekly said the book-length essay “threatens to remap the entire genre of nonfiction,” noting the “brilliant, dexterous prose.” A pick for best-of-the-year lists in Time, Salon, Slate, and elsewhere, Thrown is forthcoming in German, Dutch, British, French, and Swedish editions.

Howley’s essays, excerpts, and reportage have been published in Granta, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, and New York Magazine. She is a graduate of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.