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Everything is Here

Here is a miracle: a city where readings draw blockbuster crowds, where everyone is writing all the time —except when they’re drinking. A city where there is nothing more beautiful, more powerful, or more celebrated than the written word. 650 more words


... in which I wrote a story about a hat.

So, I just wrote a story (essay) about a hat for the Iowa Writers Workshop I’m participating in. The piece is part of the welcome week activities in which we were supposed to write about an object of wonder. 383 more words


Chapter Eleven and National Book Award and Pella's oldest organization.

No, I’m not talking bankruptcy. I’m referring to Natural Attraction. Last summer I had the delight of taking two summer courses at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 208 more words

Book Clubs

Some Other Town by Elizabeth Collison

If you are an Iowan and love literature, chances are you experience a thrill when you come across a book written by a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 602 more words


Every Day Something Has Tried To Kill Me ~ Naomi Jackson

“Being a black child in America means confronting the fragility of your life at a young age.”

Charlotte Gomez / BuzzFeed

My debut novel was published this summer at a moment filled with profound grief about the vulnerability of black women’s lives. 1,222 more words

Review, Op-Ed, And The Arts

Haikus, Writer's Workshop


“Pabst Blue Ribbon fueled – Writer’s Workshop students at – Donnelly’s Tavern”

“Writer’s Workshops tend – to attract solipsistic – self important schmucks”

“Deformities of – your soul are reflected in – the stories you write”

Book Review: Body & Soul by Frank Conroy (1993)

Of course Conroy was an accomplished jazz pianist. There is no chance a non-musician could write such a vivid story about a musically gifted little boy and about… 375 more words

Book Reviews