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Iowa, Frank Conroy, and the Secret to Writing Fiction

Like all good mythological beasts, I have a ghostwriter. Although that is his official title, I noticed some time ago that he lacks very many ghostly qualities. 332 more words


Image: American author James Alan McPherson, photographed in 1984. (Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)

Writer James Alan McPherson – who in 1978 became the first African-American…

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An Interview With Writer Tantra Bensko

Tantra Bensko is the author of the book Glossolalia; here is a link to the website:


Q: What is Glossolalia about?

A: Nancy can only keep a job at her uncle Geoff’s pesticide company, because she has amnesiac fugues, and she’s addicted to the drugs he gives her to stave off strange visions, which present themselves almost like surreal memories. 1,239 more words

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Do It Right

Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a treatise on attitude.

When I first read the book, I was home in San Diego for Christmas break, from my graduate studies at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 269 more words

Writing And The Spirit

Closing Out November

Welp, didn’t make it this year.   Shit happens: holidays, family drama, local plagues.  All that stuff happened last year, too, but my subject matter this year was a lot heavier.   556 more words

On Writing

My Process: Write into the Heartland

Two clicks southwest of Iowa City: Past the neon BILLION sign that stakes the auto dealer’s bumper crop, past the blue-lit plains of the muni airport, shimmering from atmosphere, lies an aortic tangle of country roads all leading to the Heartland. 182 more words


Father and son duo Marvin and Nathan Bell visit Center for Poetry

By Kelsey Block

Poet Marvin Bell and songwriter Nathan Bell joined the RCAH Center for Poetry on November 11 as guests in our annual Fall Writing Series. 1,391 more words