The University of Iowa

New In-Depth Biography Project Underway

The Writing University website has initiated a new ongoing project for creating in-depth biographies of the writers associated with the University of Iowa and Iowa City. The biographies feature documentation of the emotional and intellectual connection between Iowa City and the writers who have been students and/or teachers at the University of Iowa's multiple writing programs. It aims to display how these writers, poets, translators, and publicists invented Iowa City as a city of literature, as much as Iowa City and the University of Iowa helped invent them as masters of the word.

The project began in the fall of 2009 and is now announcing its launch with the profiles of Raymond Carver, Rita Dove, Donald Justice, John Irving, Flannery O’Connor, Kurt Vonnegut, and Tennessee Williams.

Read the first series of in-depth biographies here:

Kurt Vonnegut
Flannery O’Connor
Tennessee Williams
John Irving
Raymond Carver
Rita Dove
Donald Justice

Our team welcomes feedback and new relevant information that can be used to further enriching the writers’ profiles. Please send your comments and suggestions to


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