Staff - Iowa Prison Writing Project



Kate Conlow serves as deputy managing editor at The Iowa Review, the University of Iowa’s literary magazine, as well as managing editor of Philological Quarterly, an academic journal housed in the English Department. She has served as coordinator for the Oakdale Prison newspaper The Oakdale Voice since 2015 and has been involved with prison arts and writing since 2005.


Izzy Casey is an MFA candidate in poetry at the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she works as the poetry editor for The Iowa Review. Her poems are published in NY Tyrant, Hobart, and Corriere della Sera (forthcoming.)


Marcus Brown is a writer and University of Iowa graduate currently working for the Iowa City Downtown District. An avid participant in the Iowa City Literary Community, Marcus has served on the editorial boards for numerous local publications such as Earthwords and the Daily Iowan in addition to performing poetry around town.


Kathleen Cole is an MFA student in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She teaches an Interpretation of Literature course at the University and works at the University of Iowa Press.


Rauni Overstreet is a second year cinema student at the University of Iowa with focuses in creative writing and Korean language. Outside of academia, she is vice president of the University of Iowa's organization Media Entertainment lifeStyle (MES) which focuses on the production of digital art and media. 


Michael Westphal is a junior studying human physiology. He is a research assistant in the E. Dale Abel lab, where he helps to investigate the complications of type II diabetes. In his free time he loves to read, play board games, and watch movies.