LitCity Lore Collection

The Writing University's LitCity Project maps where writers lived, worked and socialized while they were in Iowa City. And in this LitCity Lore Collection, we curate and highlight specific sections of the LitCity Project, discovering quirky locations and stories that spark our writing imagination! You can explore the full collection at the LitCity Project main site, or discover specific highlights from the project below. Enjoy!


LitCity Lore: W.S. Merwin at the Shambaugh House

LitCity Lore: Jane Smiley at the Mill Restaurant

LitCity Lore: Sheba Wheeler's Pulitzer Prize

LitCity Lore: Ray Young Bear reads in Iowa City

LitCity Lore: Tomaž Šalamun meets Anselm Hollo at Donnellys Pub

LitCity Lore: Mildred Wirt Benson (Nancy Drew) Dives into the Iowa River

LitCity Lore: Yaa Gyasi at the Iowa Writers' Workshop

LitCity Lore: John Irving Places Two Novels in Iowa City

LitCity Lore: Cathy Park Hong’s 2012 reading at Live from Prairie Lights

LitCity Lore: Abraham Verghese Reading at Prairie Lights

LitCity Lore: Alice Notley's Master Thesis at the UI Main Library

Lit City Lore: Rita Dove's Van Buren St Apartment

LitCity Lore: Juan Felipe Herrera’s poem “This Was Iowa”

LitCity Lore: Flannery O’Connor’s master thesis “The Geranium”