July 2012

Legitimate Dangers poetry reading

Archive Date: 
March 24, 2006
Author: 
Erica Bernheim, Dan Chiasson, Srikanth Reddy, Robyn Schiff and Emily Wilson

Poets Erica Bernheim, Dan Chiasson, Srikanth Reddy, Robyn Schiff and Emily Wilson read selections from the new anthology, "Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century" which was edited by Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni Michael Dumanis and Cate Marvin. All the 85 poets featured in the anthology were born after 1960 and published their first book within the last 10 years. A review in Publishers Weekly observed, "this anthology uncaps the concerns of contemporary life, releasing vapors to mix with the contemporary imagination."

Review: Syzygy, Beauty by T. Fleischmann

"Fleischmann crafts a text that subverts these limitations, experimenting with textual representations of gender and sexuality in ways that both challenge and satisfy."

In this Southeast Review article, Christine Martorana reviews Syzygy, Beauty by T. Fleischmann (graduate of the Nonfiction Writng Program at the University of Iowa). With keen attention to the detail of the work, Martorana wrestles with the ambiguity of characters, relationships and personalities inside this complexly woven text.

Kate Aspergren -- Playwriting: from Page to Stage

July 16, 2012
Do you need to have a background in theatre to write plays? What’s the difference between a playwright and a screenwriter? How is it possible to develop characters and tell a story without passages of description and exposition? Is it up to the playwright to determine who does what and when they do it? How do you decide if the story you want to tell can best be told on stage? Once you write the play, how do you get it produced? Published? Kate Aspengren answers these questions (and more!) in this discussion of the craft of playwriting.

Susan Taylor Chehak -- Storytelling and Time

July 12, 2012
What, then, is time? If no one asks me, I know; if I wish to explain to him who asks, I know not. –Augustine of Hippo, Confessions In this hour I’ll explore the possibilities and the limitations of storytelling in the context of time, moving from concept to craft, principle to process, the phenomenon of time in the real world to our own recreation of it on the written page.

Sacramento Press reviews Anthony Swofford's New Memoir

International Writing Programs in Cambodia

From May 30 to June 3, a group of writers from the University of Iowa International Writing Program's Reading Tour, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, visited Cambodia to conduct creative writing workshops with Cambodian writers and students.

Over 40 Cambodian writers and poets participated in two half-day workshops conducted by a group of five American writers from the Iowa University International Writing Program, at the Pannasastra Univeristy of Cambodia. 

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