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Author DK Nnuro seen at a live reading at Prairie Lights in Iowa City on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2023.

Ask the Author | DK Nnuro

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter February 14, 2023

Derek Nnuro, or DK Nnuro, is a Ghanaian writer and graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the curator of special projects at the Stanley Museum of Art and an adjunct...

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Ask the Author | Tegan Nia Swanson

Ariana Lessard February 7, 2023

Tegan Nia Swanson read her debut novel “Things We Found When the Water Went Down” at Prairie Lights in Iowa City on Feb. 2. This “Nordic eco-noir” novel came together while Swanson studied...

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Ask the Author | Jon Lauck

Parker Jones, Arts Editor January 31, 2023

Author and historian Jon Lauck received his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1997. He has strong ties to the Iowa City area and the Midwest as a whole. He grew up on a farm in South Dakota...

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Ask the Author | Michelle Edwards

Charlotte McManus, Arts Reporter December 6, 2022

Michelle Edwards is an Iowa City-based children’s author from New York. She graduated from the University of Iowa’s printmaking program and received her Master of Fine Arts in 1982. She gives readings...

Dr. Aron Aji poses for a portrait in his office in Phillips Hall, Iowa City Iowa on Nov. 14th. Dr. Aji has two upcoming translated works.

Ask the Author | Aron Aji

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter November 30, 2022

Aron Aji, Director of Translation Programs, joined the UI faculty in 2014. A native of Turkey, he has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, Latife Tekin, and other Turkish writers....

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Ask the Author | Jeff Deutsch

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter November 29, 2022

Author and bookseller Jeff Deutsch is the Director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Chicago, Illinois. The Seminary Co-op Bookstores are comprised of two independent bookstores, the Seminary Co-op,...

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Ask the Author | Samantha Zuhlke

Charlotte McManus, Arts Reporter November 15, 2022

Samantha Zuhlke is a geographer and political scientist. She received a bachelor’s in geography and political science from Colgate University and her doctorate in political science from Texas A&M...


Ask the Author | Carmen Maria Machado

Ariana Lessard, Assistant Arts Editor November 14, 2022

Carmen Maria Machado graduated from the Iowa Writers Workers in 2012. Since then, Machado has distinguished herself as a writer by winning numerous awards and publications in “The New Yorker,”...

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Ask the Author | Drew Bratcher

Charlotte McManus, Arts Reporter November 8, 2022

Drew Bratcher is an author from the Nashville area. He earned a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2016, where...

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Ask the Author | Ander Monson

Ariana Lessard, Assistant Arts Editor November 1, 2022

Author Ander Monson founded Diagram, the third-oldest online literary magazine. Monson currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, and teaches at the University of Arizona. He received his bachelor’s degree...

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Ask the Author | Adam Soto

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter October 25, 2022

Adam Soto is an author, high school English teacher, and Web Editor for American Short Fiction — a literary journal in Austin, Texas. His second novel, “Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep:...

Mary Helen Stefaniak poses for a portrait in Prairie Lights on Sunday, Oct. 16 2022.

Ask the Author | Mary Helen Stefaniak

Charlotte McManus, Arts Reporter October 18, 2022

Mary Helen Stefaniak is an author and retired professor of English and creative writing at Creighton University. She graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1984 and is currently an Iowa City...

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