Gordon Mennenga

Photo by Lynn Mennenga

Gordon Mennenga was born and grew up in Reinbeck, Iowa, and attended the University of Northern Iowa for his degree in English Education. Next came an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1977. He has taught creative writing and literature at DePauw University and Oregon State University. He has given readings and workshops in Tennessee, Oregon, Indiana, and Iowa. His fiction has appeared in “The North American Review,” “Northwest Magazine,” “Seems,” “Folio” and other publications. He has written for NPR’s “Good Evening” and Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and one of the monologues he wrote for the show provided the basis for the film “Everyday,” released in 1999/2000. He was a 1995 recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. Gordon lives in Iowa City with his wife, Lynn. They have two children—Kate and Andy. He currently teaches creative writing and film studies at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.