College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Romeo Oriogun wins Nigeria Prize For Literature
October 15, 2022Romeo Oriogun (MFA '21) has won the Nigeria Prize For Literature for his second collection, Nomad (Griots Lounge Publishing Nigeria, 2021).
Kay Ryan and Heather Clark Receive the 2021 and 2022 Truman Capote Awards
September 02, 2022Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan won the 2021 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin for her book, Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose, released by Grove Press in 2021, and Heather Clark won the 2022 award for her book Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, released by Alfred A. Knopf in 2020.
Jamel Brinkley and Robyn Schiff Win Rome Prizes in Literature
April 25, 2022Writers’ Workshop faculty member and alumnus, novelist Jamel Brinkley (MFA 2015) and Emory University faculty member and Workshop alumnus, poet Robyn Schiff (MFA 1999) have been awarded 2022-2023 Rome Prizes in Literature. Schiff will receive the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize for Literature, a gift of the Drue Heinz Trust.
Brandon Taylor wins Story Prize for 'Filthy Animals'
April 14, 2022Workshop alumnus Brandon Taylor (MFA, 2019) was awarded the 2022 Story Prize last night, for his collection, Filthy Animals (Riverhead Books) . The prize was announced at a private event that was broadcast live, in a ceremony with authors Lily King for Five Tuesdays in Winter (Grove Press) and J. Robert Lennon for Think of Me (Graywolf Press), whose work was also honored.
2022 Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded to Jerald Walker, Joyelle McSweeney, Jay Hopler, and Eduardo C. Corral
April 07, 2022Workshop alumni Joyelle McSweeney, Jay Hopler, and Eduardo C. Corral, and Jerald Walker are among 180 artists, writers, scholars and scientists awarded fellowships this year from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. McSweeney, Hopler and Corral are recognized in the field of poetry; and Walker in the field of General Nonfiction.
Anaïs Duplan and Nana Nkweti, 2022 Whiting Award Winners
April 06, 2022Anaïs Duplan and Nana Nkweti have won 2022 Whiting Awards, Duplan in the category of Nonfiction and Nkweti in Fiction. Whiting Awards of $50,000 are given annually to writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama, based on accomplishment and promise. They are awarded with the goal of supporting writers early in their careers so they can focus on their work.
Wong May wins 2022 Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry
April 06, 2022Wong May (MFA, 1968) has won a Windham-Campbell Prize in poetry. From the 2022 Windham-Campell Prize winners announcement: "Spanning five decades, Wong May’s startlingly original poetry gleams with wit; her delicate but acute irony balances its lucid seriousness with a fizzing verbal lightness."
Rachel Pastan's 'In the Field' Wins 2021-2022 National Book Foundation Science + Literature Award
February 28, 2022Rachel Pastan's recent novel, 'In the Field' (Delphinium, 2021), has won the National Book Foundation's inaugural Science + Literature award.
Peyton Marshall and George O'Connell Awarded 2022 Literature Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts
January 28, 2022Peyton Marshall and George O'Connell have been awarded 2022 Literature Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Marshall for creative writing and O'Connell for translation. The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel and general career advancement. The Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years.
The Family Chao: A new novel by Lan Samantha Chang
January 18, 2022Praise forThe Family Chao, the highly anticipated new novel from Iowa Writers' Workshop Director, Lan Samantha Chang: from The Guardian:
Nina Siegal and Kevin González win 2021 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Awards
November 10, 2021Workshop alumni, Nina Siegal (MFA, 2006) and Kevin González (MFA, 2007) were among merging writers to win a 2021 Creative Nonfiction Grant. Whiting Awards of $40,000 are given annually to writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama, based on accomplishment and promise. They are awarded with the goal of supporting writers early in their careers on “original, ambitious projects that bring writing to the highest possible standard."
Daniel Alarcón, 2021 MacArthur Fellow
September 28, 2021Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus, writer and radio producer, Daniel Alarcón (MFA '04) , is one of twenty-five writers, artists, scientists, researchers, and organizers selected to be a 2021 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. From the MacArthur Foundation:
The Souvenir Museum, by Elizabeth McCracken, longlisted for 2021 National Book Award for Fiction
September 17, 2021The Souvenir Museum, by Elizabeth McCracken (MFA '90) , has been longlisted for The National Book Foundation's 2021 Award for Fiction.
Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead, on The Booker Prize shortlist
September 14, 2021Great Circle, a novel by Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna, Maggie Shipstead (MFA '08) , has been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize.
Joy Williams, recipient of the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction
June 30, 2021Joy Williams (MFA '65) is the recipient of the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. The annual prize honors an American writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality and imagination. The award seeks to commend strong, unique, enduring voices that, throughout long, consistently accomplished careers, have told us something about the American experience.