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The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

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Iowa Playwriters Workshop graduate Samuel D. Hunter speaks on his rapid success as a storyteller

Caden Gantenbein, Arts Reporter January 30, 2024

Writer of the Academy Award-winning play-turned-movie “The Whale,” Samuel D. Hunter is also a 2007 alum of the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop. Not only has Hunter experienced exceptional...

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Ask The Author | Jonathan Wells

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter January 28, 2024

Jonathan Wells is the author of three poetry collections, “Train Dance” (2011), “Debris” (2021), and “The Man with Many Pens” (2015). His poetry can be seen in The New Yorker, AGNI, Ploughshares,...

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Ask the Author | UI alum Ted Anton discusses new book ‘Programmable Planet: The Synthetic Biology Revolution’

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter January 17, 2024

An alum of the University of Iowa, Ted Anton has written for The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Publishers Weekly, Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, and more. His novel, “The Longevity Seekers,” published...

Writer and poet Cleo Qian reads from her book, “Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go,” at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

Ask the Author | Cleo Qian

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter December 7, 2023

Cleo Qian is a poet and fiction writer from California. She received her creative writing MFA from NYU after studying literature at the University of Cambridge-King Pembroke Programme. Her short story...

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Ask the Author | Taylor Cowdery

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor November 16, 2023

More than six centuries since the publication of one of the earliest canon frame narratives, Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” remains an ever-present topic of discussion in contemporary...

John J. Waters reads a passage from his book “River City One,” at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023.

Ask the Author | John J. Waters

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor November 8, 2023

John J. Waters graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in English literature in 2009. Not long after, the Nebraska-born author served in the Marine Corps for nearly seven years. A week...

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Ask the Author | Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter November 7, 2023

Elizabeth “Liz” Gilbert Bedia is a children’s book author known best for “Bess The Barn Stands Strong”(named one of the “Superlative Books of 2020” by BookPage), “Arthur Wants a Balloon,”...

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Ask the Author | Anya Johanna DeNiro

Zhenya Loughney, Arts Reporter October 27, 2023

From Erie, Pennsylvania, author Anya Johanna DeNiro released her surrealist short novel “OKPsyche” in September of this year, which tells the story of an unnamed transgendered woman living through...

Tim Johnston speaks during a conversation with Blaine Greteman at Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City on Tuesday Oct. 17, 2023.

Ask the Author | Tim Johnston

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter October 24, 2023

Tim Johnston is a New York Times bestselling author who graduated from the University of Iowa and went to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for graduate school. He has written “The Current,”...

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Ask the Author | Zainub Priya Dala

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter October 18, 2023

Zainub Priya Dala is an Indian writer, psychologist, and physical therapist from South Africa. She wrote two books, “What About Meera” and “The Architecture of Loss,” the first of which won...

Author Ayana Mathis new novel The Unsettled is seen at Prairie Lights in Iowa City on Oct. 14, 2023.

Ask the Author | Ayana Mathis

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter October 17, 2023

Ayana Mathis is a graduate and former faculty member of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. While earning her MFA at Iowa, Mathis wrote her first bestselling novel, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” which...

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Ask the Author | Nathan Hill

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter October 10, 2023

Nathan Hill initially declared his major as biomedical engineering when he arrived at the University of Iowa in 1995, but shortly after, he realized the pen was mightier than the beaker. Hill graduated...

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