The University of Iowa

Staff - Iowa Prison Writing Project



Managing Editors

Joshua Balicki is a graduate of the University of Iowa and an incoming Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at UT-Austin.

Michael Westphal is a recent, human physiology graduate from the University of Iowa. During undergrad, he investigated aspects of type II diabetes in the E. Dale Abel Lab. In his free time he loves to read, play board games, and watch movies.


Editorial Assistants

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.

Izzy Casey's poems have been published in or are forthcoming from Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, BOAAT, Bennington Review, Prelude, The Volta, New York Tyrant, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is the current recipient of a fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Kelsey Kerin is an MFA candidate in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Rauni Overstreet is a 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.

Olivia Parkes is an MFA candidate in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Zyzzyva, American Short Fiction, and Electric Literature, among other publications.

Timmy Straw is a writer, translator, and pianist from Oregon, at present in the MFA poetry program at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Thanks to a research Fulbright in Moscow, they spent last year working on translations of the contemporary Russian poet Grigori Dashevsky. Their poems and essays have been published in Tin House, Jacket2, Volta, Spork, and elsewhere.


Copy Editor

Kathleen Cole is an MFA candidate in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and will serve as the nonfiction editor of The Iowa Review beginning in Fall 2020.


Founding Editor

Kate Conlow serves as deputy managing editor at The Iowa Review, the University of Iowa’s literary magazine. 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.


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