August 2009

Welcome to the "Writers' Neighborhood"

The University of Iowa officials plan to develop a "writers' neighborhood" at the north end of campus. The theme will build on the prominence of UI's writing programs and the fact that Iowa City was named a "City of Literature," one of only three in the world and the first in the United States, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Ten Things To Know about Iowa City

Cultural Capital - Iowa City is the cultural capital of Iowa with a population of 63,000. The city has a network of university, grassroots and civic institutions that teach, celebrate, nurture and study great writing.

Writer's Workshop - as the home of the highly acclaimed Iowa Writers' Workshop - the world's first Master of Fine Arts degree program in creative writing - Iowa City and the University of Iowa have played a substantial role in how literature, first in America and then around the world, has come to be written.

Valentino Receives NEA Translation Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award a $12,500 literary translation fellowship to Russell Valentino, professor and chair of the Cinema and Comparative Literature department in the University of Iowa College of Libe

111 Church Street

The Writers' House, ("111 Church Street"), is home to the University of Iowa Writing Fellows. The Writing Fellows are four recent graduates of the University of Iowa's MFA programs in Writing and Translation, who have been given living and writing space for a year following their graduation. In addition to advancing their own writing projects, they are charged with contributing to the writing environment for UI undergraduates, graduates, and members of the writing community in Iowa City. Readings for undergraduates and graduates take place here, as well as writing classes and symposiums.

Sanctuary Pub

The Sanctuary Pub is a warm, downtown restaurant and music venue that hosts area musicians and artists as well as the MIowa Writers' Workshop 'Talk Art' Series.

The Mill

Over the years The Mill Restaurant has become the center of an Americana music community in Iowa City that has achieved national and international fame. The Mill also became known for great pizza and sandwiches. They are home for many great area musicians and artists as well as the Iowa Writers' Workshop 'Talk Art' Series.

Public Space One

Public Space ONE Gallery is a progressive non-profit art space run by artists/volunteers. Located in the basement of an eight-story building, in downtown Iowa City, IA at 129 E. Washington, the space will feature a monthly show rotation of local, national, and international artists. Openings will be held on the first Friday of every month. In addition the space, Public Space ONE ‘at large’, is used as a performance space, music venue, and reading room.

City of Iowa City

Offering big-city amenities along with small-town hospitality, Iowa City has it all. Nestled in the heart of the Midwest in east central Iowa in Johnson County, it has long served as a locus for culture, education, variety and fun.

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