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Acclaimed author took uncharted course to University of Iowa

Jan 14, 2022
Melissa Febos

IOWA CITY — From sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on her sea captain dad’s massive cargo ship to curling up with book after book in her old Cape Cod home, University of Iowa associate professor Melissa Febos charted her own academic course.

She didn’t confine her adolescent schooling to the four walls of a classroom. In fact, she refused to.

“I don’t know where this sort of determination or kind of arrogance came from,” Febos said. “But I’m grateful to my younger self for having it.” ...