January 2012

UI expands writing options for undergrads

The University of Iowa's new Frank N. Magid Undergraduate Writing Center now offers an undergraduate writing certificate to all students, regardless of their major.

The center, housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, officially began its work last semester following a $1 million commitment from UI graduate Marilyn Magid in honor of her late husband, Frank, a fellow UI alumnus.

Novel conceived at the UI begins week of Writing University streams

Sara Levine's Treasure Island!!!, which she conceived while teaching nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, will open a week of live literary streams on the writinguniversity.org website.

"I was teaching nonfiction at the University of Iowa and a colleague asked me which essayists I liked, and I mentioned Robert Louis Stevenson," says Levine, explaining how she came to write the book.


The Iowa Review Awards Now Accepting Submissions

Each January, The Iowa Review holds a writing contest in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Judges for the 2012 Iowa Review Awards are Timothy Donnelly (poetry), Ron Currie, Jr. (fiction), and Meghan Daum (nonfiction).

Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. Winners and runners-up are published in our December 2012 issue.

Contest rules and submission guidelines

Ben Marcus reading

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Ben Marcus
Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 7:00pm

Roger Rosenblatt reading

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Roger Rosenblatt
Friday, January 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), was born as Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi. He attended the University of Iowa from October 1, 1937 until August 5, 1938, and studied with Edward Charles Mabie, head of the Theater Department at the time. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Before coming to Iowa, Williams had completed most of his coursework toward the degree at the University of Missouri and some at Washington University.

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Robert Penn Warren

Long ago, in Kentucky, I, a boy, stood
By a dirt road, in first dark, and heard
The great geese hoot northward.
I could not see them, there being no moon
And the stars sparse. I heard them.
I did not know what was happening in my heart.
...and I longed to know the world's name.

Warren’s Self-Interview[fn]New York Herald Tribune Book Review, October 11, 1953[/fn]

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), “the best least-read novelist in America,” taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop from 1965 to 1967. He was then 43-year old, and married to Jane Marie Cox for 20 years; they had three children of their own and had adopted the three children of Vonnegut’s deceased sister. The writer came to Iowa City with his two daughters, Edith (Eddie) and Nannette (Nannie).[fn]Loree Rackstraw. Love as Always, Kurt. Da Capo Press – Cambridge, MA, 2009[/fn]

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Mona Van Duyn

Mona Van Duyn as born in 1921 in Waterloo, Iowa. She grew up in the small town of Eldora, Iowa (pop. 3,200) where she read voraciously in the town library and wrote poems secretly in notebooks from her grade school years to her high school years. Van Duyn earned a B.A. degree from Northern Iowa University in 1942, and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1943, the year she married Jarvis Thurston. She and Thurston studied in the Ph.D. program at Iowa and Van Duyn went on to teach at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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Mark Strand

Mark Strand was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada on April 11, 1934. When Strand was 4, he moved with his family to the United States and spent most of his childhood in New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. As a teenager, he lived in Columbia, Peru, and Mexico, most of the traveling due to his father's profession as a salesman. While he was growing up, Strand’s mother said he would become a painter. His parents encouraged him to create art, hoping it would not distract him from a more stable career. Strand studied at Antioch College, where he took a BA in 1957.

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