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The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

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Author Charles Holdefer’s novel “Don’t Look at Me” and most recent book “Ivan the Terrible goes on a Family Picnic” are seen in Prairie Lights in downtown Iowa City on Wednesday, July 17.

Ask the Author | Charles Holdefer discusses new satirical short story collection ‘Ivan the Terrible Goes on a Family Picnic’

Charlie Hickman, Arts Reporter July 16, 2024

Charles Holdefer is a Pushcart Prize-winning novelist and short fiction author. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines as a writer. His catalog of satirical stories has garnered praise...

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Ask the Author | ‘The Gathering of Bastards’ author Romeo Oriogun looks back on past work

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter May 2, 2024

Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun is a Nigerian essayist and poet. He is an Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum, debuting his career with a collection of poems titled “Sacrament of Bodies” in 2020. Oriogun also...

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Iowa Writers Workshop graduate has eye for balance in ‘Green for Luck’

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter April 30, 2024

Margaret Yapp is an Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate with a Master’s in Fine Arts in poetry. Her works have appeared in The Minnesota Review, Peach Mag, Apartment Poetry, and more. She is the managing...

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Ask the Author | TJ Alexander speaks on new queer romance novel

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter April 28, 2024

TJ Alexander is bringing new depth to the romance genre with their new novel, “Triple Sec,” set to release on June 4. The book follows bartender Mel who is convinced that real romance doesn’t...

Bestselling author and Indianapolis resident John Green expresses his thoughts on libraries banning books as the Indianapolis Public Library kicked off national Banned Books Week with a discussion on Oct 2, 2023, at the Indianapolis Central Branch Public Library.

Ask the Author | John Green on banning book laws, fan base growth

Jami Martin-Trainor, Managing Digital Editor April 16, 2024

Few readers have yet to encounter a book written by John Green, from his iconic young adult fiction novels “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Looking for Alaska,” and “Paper Towns” to his most recent...

Bestselling author James Patterson speaks about his life and craft to Lan Samantha Chang at the Dey House on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Staff, undergraduates, and Writing Workshop students were in attendance.

Ask the Author | Author James Patterson says we shouldn’t be too worried about book banning

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor April 16, 2024

With more than 425 million copies sold; more than 260 New York Times’ best-sellers; and an oeuvre of nearly 400 books spanning from murder mystery to middle-grade fiction, James Patterson is, by many...

University of Iowa Professor, Jane Huffman poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 2019. Huffman received the Ruth Lilly and Dorthy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Ask the Author | Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum Jane Huffman discusses newest poetry book ‘Public Abstract’

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter March 27, 2024

Jane Huffman is a Ph.D. candidate in poetry at the University of Denver, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and English from Kalamazoo College. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop,...

Cristina Henriquez signs a copy of her new novel, “The Great Divide” after a Prairie Lights reading of “The Great Divide” on Friday, March 22, 2024. Henriquez was joined by Writer’s Workshop director Lan Samantha Chang.

Ask the Author | Published Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum returns to IC to discuss newest novel

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter March 26, 2024

Cristina Henríquez is an Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate who received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. She has published works such as “The World in Half,” “Come Together...

Kaveh Akbar speaks during a panel on Leslie Jamison’s newest novel, Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story, at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024.

Ask the Author | ‘Martyr!’ author Kaveh Akbar needs writing just as much as it needs him

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor March 5, 2024

 At the top of TIME Magazine’s list of the 25 most anticipated books of 2024 sits Kaveh Akbar’s first fiction novel, “Martyr!” which hit shelves in January. Since then, the author’s work has...

Leslie Jamison answers audience questions on her newest novel, Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story, during a panel at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City on Wednesday, February. 28, 2024.

Ask the Author | Leslie Jamison shares widely anticipated memoir ‘Splinters’

Isabelle Lubguban, Arts Reporter February 28, 2024

Leslie Jamison is a New York Times best-selling essayist and novelist. Before the release of her latest novel, “Splinters,” one of the most anticipated books of 2024 according to TIME Magazine,...

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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,...