December 2009

NY Times: Marie Arana on Ann Patchett

"She attended Sarah Lawrence and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop before she began producing nonfiction pieces for Seventeen magazine and Bridal Guide. To make ends meet, she waited tables at T.G.I. Fridays.

She may be a bestselling novelist now, but she has no illusions about her achievements. "I hate 'Run,' " she confesses. "And I hate 'Bel Canto'! Sometimes I can't find a passage in them that I recognize. . . . I'm a bit like a turtle: Once I drop that egg, I crawl away. It doesn't cross my mind again."

Ben Lerner reading

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IWP Alum Lan Wins Literary Prize

Ly Lan just won the 2009 "Giai thuong hoi nha van thanh pho HCM" with her "Tieu Thuyet Dan Ba" [Woman Novel]. Among Vietnamese writers, Ly Lan stands out as an author of the Mekong Delta, of mixed immigrant and native descent, of the generation that knew the war as children and joined adult ranks in the optimism of reunification and its attendant progress for women, and among those who have flourished in the quasi-privatization and definite globalization of the Saigon publishing world since 1986. Among literary talents I have worked with on three continents Lan is remarkable for her level he

Rob Schlegel reading

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2009 Whiting Writers' Awards To Three Workshop Alumni

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Congratulations to the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni Jay Hopler (MFA 1997), Salvatore Scibona (MFA 1999), and Vu Tran (MFA 2002), three of the ten recipients of the

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