December 2012

Prairie Lights Starts its Own Small Press

Alisa Ganieva

Alisa Ganieva, a Russian writer from the Caucasus region of Dagestan, was a 2012 resident with the International Writing Program. While in Iowa City, she spoke with our Writing University writer Zlatko Anguelov about her life and literary career.

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Mary Jo Bang Examines Grief's Poetic Form, the Elegy

A Guide to Life in Iowa City

Workshop alum Shipstead wins Dylan Thomas Prize

Taleb al-Refai

Taleb al-Refai, a civil engineer by trade and a fiction writer since 1978, was born in Kuwait City. He has published seven collections of short stories, a play, a number of critical works, and four novels, including the controversial The Shadow of the Sun in 1998. His 2002 The Scent of the Sea won the Kuwait National Award for Arts & Literature. Al-Refai has joined the staff of the National Council for Culture, Art and Literature in 1996, where he manages the Culture and Arts Department.

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Far from the Ocean: Robert Lowell at Iowa, 1953


O to break free, like the Chinook

Salmon jumping and falling back, …


I last spoke with my old mentor, Robert Lowell, in the spring of 1974. He was to give a reading that evening in a plain, somewhat dingy little room above the bar at the Queen's Elm Pub in South Kensington, a working-class section of London. The event took place under the auspices of the Writers Action Group. But who the sponsoring writers were and why the reading was to take place in this rather unlikely venue I don't now recall, if, indeed, I ever knew.


Aimee Bender reading

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September 6, 2005
Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender, the short story writer who set the literary world on fire with her highly praised Girl in the Flammable Skirt, reads from her marvelously goofy new collection of stories, Willful Creatures, a book of witty, often surreal stories that no other writer in America could have written.


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