June 2011

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Photo by Eric Olsen

Eleanor Catton and the Adverb

By Ross Howell We reconnected with former classmate Ross Howell during our recent sojourn in Iowa. Ross followed a career in academic fund-raising, public relations, book publishing, and marketing after receiving his MFA. He’s now freelancing non-fiction and fiction full-time, and will be teaching at Elon University in the fall. He lives in Greensboro, NC, [...]

Iowa Redux

By Dan Guenther Dan Guenther is the author of four novels, most recently Glossy Black Cockatoos, the 2010 Colorado Authors’ League award selection for genre fiction. His collection of selected poems, The Crooked Truth, was the 2011 Colorado Authors’ League award selection for poetry (Books). In 2002, Dan appeared in the documentary film Stone Reader, [...]

How Important Is Rewriting?

By Ross Howell Ross Howell followed a career in academic fund-raising, public relations, book publishing, and marketing after receiving his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. He’s now freelancing non-fiction and fiction full-time, and will be teaching at Elon University in the fall. He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife, Mary Leigh, [...]

Books by Cheryl Olsen’s Bed

Ok, so this is a bit of a fudge, since all thirteen of her novels aren’t by my bed. But we went to Jane Smiley’s reading of Private Life at Book Passage in Corte Madera this week and there was a lot that’s share-worthy and it’s all about books, so I didn’t think you’d mind. [...]

Marilynne Robinson Video

Marilynne Robinson Video

Marilynne Robinson currently teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Housekeeping, Gilead (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), and Home, as well as essays and other nonfiction. Other awards include the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for best first novel, National Book Critics Circle Award, Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and [...]

The Iowa Chronicles Part 3

The Iowa Chronicles Part 3

By Cheryl Olsen How many Pulitzer Prize winners does it take to make a great impromptu party? We can definitively say: 2.5. As the Workshop events wound down and the band fired up Saturday night at the Iowa Memorial Union, we commenced distributing Eric’s WW2BW cards with Glenn’s condo address on the back to a [...]

The Iowa Chronicles Part 2

The Iowa Chronicles Part 2

By Cheryl Olsen Ok, I admit it. There’s a slight chance I can no longer party like a twenty-something. After two wee-hour soirees in three days, I’m a tad fuzzy. More from sleep dep than Woollaston pinot noir (from Glenn’s vinyard in Nelson, NZ), although there was plenty of both to go around. Also plenty [...]

The Iowa Chronicles Part 1

The Iowa Chronicles Part 1

By Cheryl Olsen The return to Iowa City after decades in Big City West Coast is wrought with nostalgic twinges of longing for the slo-mo pace echoed by the Iowa River as it meanders across campus on its leisurely course to meet the Mississippi. A dusk walk around the historic neighborhood near Glenn’s condo in [...]

Joy Harjo Poetry Video

The perfect beginning—or middle or end—to any week, here’s a vintage Joy Harjo poetry reading at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. From their legendary Artists on the Cutting Edge series, this performance is aptly titled “Nearly Unbearable Grace: The Poetry of Joy Harjo.”