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Jericho Brown and Amber Dermont reading

Recorded: February 15, 2015

The Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing presents the 2015 Visiting Writers-in-Residence Reading, featuring Jericho Brown and Amber Dermont.

Jericho Brown’s first collection of poetry, Please, won the 2009 American Book Award; his second collection, The New Testament, was named one of the best... read more

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Francine Prose reading

Recorded: October 30, 2008

Former University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Francine Prose reads from "Goldengrove" her 15th novel. Prose's main character, Nico, is a 13-year-old girl dealing with the drowning death of her adored older sister. Prose, the president of the PEN American Center, is also the author of "A Changed Man"... read more

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W.S. Merwin interview (Video)

Recorded: May 2, 2005

W.S. Merwin answers questions from an audience at the Shambaugh House (International Writing Program) on the University of Iowa campus. He discusses how politics and the media can intervene in the life of an individual. Merwin also identifies poets that have influenced his work, with a specific focus on Spanish modern poets.

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Anthony Bourdain reading

Recorded: February 1, 2002

Chef Anthony Bourdain reads from his book A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal, at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

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Carmen Maria Machado reading

Recorded: November 3, 2017

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Carmen Maria Machado reads from her short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, which is shortlisted for the 2017 National Book Award.

“Machado is... read more

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Jenny Zhang reading, Live from Prairie Lights, September 21, 2017

Recorded: September 21, 2017

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Jenny Zhang reads from her fiction debut, Sour Heart: Stories. These stories cut across generations and continents, moving from the fraught halls of a public school in Flushing, Queens, to the tumultuous streets of Shanghai, China, during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. In the absence of grown-ups, latchkey... read more

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Juliet Patterson and Amanda Nadelberg reading

Recorded: June 26, 2017

Poets Juliet Patterson and Amanda Nadelberg read from their new books at Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City.

Juliet Patterson reads from Threnody, her timely book of poetry lamenting climate change and extinction. These poems examine the beauty and violence of our present... read more

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Marilynne Robinson reading

Recorded: December 1, 2004

Marilynne Robinson, professor at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and author of the revered novel Housekeeping, reads from her new novel Gilead. A deeply felt and immaculately written story of three generations of Iowa ministers.

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Francine Prose reading, Live From Prairie Lights, October 30, 2008

Recorded: October 30, 2008

Former University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Francine Prose reads from "Goldengrove" her 15th novel. Prose's main character, Nico, is a 13-year-old girl dealing with the drowning death of her adored older sister. Prose, the president of the PEN American Center, is also the author of "A Changed Man" and "Blue Angel" which was a... read more

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Alexander Maksik and Nathan Hill reading

Recorded: October 8, 2016

Writers’ Workshop graduate Alexander Maksik reads from his “scorching third novel" (Publisher’s Weekly), Shelter in Place. "An unsettling and beautiful exploration of mental illness, love, violence, and sexual politics. Maksik’s artful story outruns all sorts of received ideas and slips into deeply original territory. You’ll be haunted... read more

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