University of Iowa

The First and Best Home for Writers

March 4, 2020

More than 40 Pulitzer Prize winners. Seven U.S. Poets Laureate. Countless award-winning playwrights, novelists, journalists, and poets. The University of Iowa’s writing programs shape the landscape of American literature.



Explore the University of Iowa's writing programs and communities through this in-depth look into our community, The First and Best Home for Writers.

The First and Best Home for Writers is a multimedia overview that focuses on several students with a range of backgrounds and disciplines, who all call the University of Iowa home, while studying writing in our many different programs here.

These profiles of writers in the University of Iowa's expansive writing community include a former professional MMA fighter, an undergraduate from Texas, and a playwright who moved here from New York City. This piece displays how UI contains many renowned programs for aspiring writers and is a place where all students are afforded opportunities to improve their writing or weave it into their studies.