Previous Festivals

​2020 Festival

Authors

  • Jill McCorkle​, North Carolina State University
  • Tim Seibles, Old Dominion University
  • ​Molly Antopol, Harvard University​
  • Brian Turner, Sierra Nevada University
  • Christine Stewart-Nuñ​ezSouth Dakota State University​​​
  • Leah HuizarDrake Unive
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  • Casey KnottGround W
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  • Kate WrightIowa State University
  • Crystal Stone​, Poetry Editor, Flyway: Journal of Environmental Writing
  • Isaac Pressnell​, Gracelan​d University
  • Joseph LeValley​, Public Speaker
  • Marilyn BaszcynskiIowa Poetry Association
  • Maggie Ann Martin​Young Adult Author, Swoon Reads (Macmillan) 
  • Kartika Budhwar, Iowa State University
  • Caroliena Cabada​, Iowa State University​ 


2019​ Fe​stival

Authors

  • Jericho Brown, Poet
  • ​Dorothy Allison
  • Jamel Brinkley, Stanford University
  • ​Maggie Smith, Ohio Wesleyan University​
Iowa Writer
  • Grant Faulkner, Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month
  • Jennifer Colville, Prompt Press 
  • Jacob Dawson, Iowa State University
  • John Domini, AWP: Associated Writing Programs
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  • Lauren Haldeman, University of Iowa
  • Kim Magowan, Mills College
  • Lettie Prell, SFWA: Science Fiction & ​Fantasy Writers of America
  • Steve Rose, Simpson College, ​Professor Emeritus
  • Michelle N. Ross, Fiction Editor, Atticus Review​           


2018 Festival

Fiction

  • Pam Houston, University of California, Davis
  • Justin Torres, University of California, Los Angeles

Poets

  • Jennifer Chang, George Washington University
  • Matthew Olzmann, Warren Wilson MFA Program

Iowa Writers

  • Dean Bakopoulos, Grinnell College
  • Alissa Nutting, Grinnell College
  • Chloe Clark, Iowa State University
  • George Barlow, Grinnell College
  • Claire Kruesel, Iowa State University
  • Jennifer Wilson, St. Martin’s Press
  • Ryan Collins, St. Ambrose University​
  • Paula Smith, Grinnell College
  • Michaela Mullin, Nomadic Press
  • Emma Murray, Gold Wake Press

2017 Festival

Fic​tion

  • Charles Baxter, University of Minnesota
  • Kevin Brockmeier, Iowa Writers’ Workshop
  • Megan Mayhew Bergman, Bennington College
  • Charles D'Ambrosio, Iowa Writers’ Workshop 

Poe​ts

  • Tarfia Faizullah, University of Michigan
  • Oliver de la Paz, College of the Holy Cross

Iowa Writers

  • Devon Walker-Figueroa, Iowa Writer's Workshop/Poetry Editor Iowa Review
  • ​Ralph James Savarese, Grinnell College
  • Molly McDonald, Iowa State Unive
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  • Rick Christman, DMACC, Professor Emeritus
  • Hai-Dang Phan, Grinnell College
  • Ned Balbo, Iowa State University
  • Calla Devlin, Young Adult Novelist

2016​ Festival

Fiction

  • Matt Bell, Arizona State University
  • Robin Balck, Rutgers University-Camden, MFA Program

Poets

  • Kevin Prufer, University of Houston
  • Ada Limon, Queens University of Charlotte, Low Residency MFA

Iowa Writers

  • Tim Bascom, Waldorf College
  • Paul Brooke, Grand View University
  • Meg Johnson, Iowa State University
  • Jennifer L. Knox, Iowa State University
  • Magogodi Makhene, Iowa Writer's Workshop
  • Ralph James Savarese, Grinnell College​

2015 Festival

Fiction

  • Bret Anthony Johnston, Harvard University
  • Makkai, Sierra Nevada College

Poets

  • Roger Reeves, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Rebecca Hazelton, Oklahoma State University

Iowa Writers

  • Barbara Haas, Iowa State Universi
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  • Christiana Langenberg, Iowa State University
  • Kyle McCord, Grand View University
  • Sarah Smith, Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Grant Tracey, University of Northern Iowa
 

2014 Festival

Fiction

  • Laura van den Berg, Emerson College
  • Evie Shockley, Rutgers University

Poets

  • Alan Heathcock, Boise State University
  • Ross Gay, Indiana University

Iowa Wri

ters

  • Jim O'Loughlin, University of Northern Iowa
  • Kali VanBaale, Drake University
  • Hannah Loeb, Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Larry Baker, Kirkwood Community College
  • K.L. Cook, Iowa State University
  • Charissa Menefee, Iowa State University

2013 Festival

Fiction

  • Kyle Minor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Fall 2013
  • Ron Carlson, University of California, Irvine
  • Caitlin Horrocks, Grand Valley State University

Poets

  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil, State University of New York
  • Matthew Dickman, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Iowa Writers 

  • Mary Swander, Iowa State University
  • Jeremy Schraffenberger, University of Northern Iowa
  • Heather Derr-Smith, Iowa State University
  • David Wolf, Simpson College
  • Deborah Kennedy, Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Winifred Moranville, Simpson College

2012 Festival

 Fiction

  • Charles D'Ambrosio
  • Danielle Evans

Poets

  • Dorianne Laux
  • Joseph Millar

Iowa Writers 

  • David Zimmerman, Iowa State University
  • Grant Tracey, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jennifer Perrine, Drake University
  • Neal Bowers, Iowa State University
  • May Letter, Drake University
  • Vince Gotera, University of Northern Iowa

2011 Festival

Fiction

  • Antonya Nelson, University of Houston
  • Steven Schwartz, Colorado State University

Poets

  • Denise Duhamel, Florida International University
  • C. Dale Young, Warren Wilson MFA Program

I​owa Writers 

  • Benjamin Percy, Iowa State University
  • Grant Tracey, University of Northern Iowa
  • B.J. Love, Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Deb Marquart, Iowa State University
  • Carol Spaulding-Kruse, Drake University
  • Yasmina Madden, Drake University

2010 Festival

  • Fiction writer Jonas Agee, Head of the Creative Writing Program at University of Nebraska and author of 6 novels
  • Fiction Writer ​CJ Hribal from Marquette University in Wisconsin
  • Poet Camille Dungy from San Francisco State in California
  • Poet Kevin Stein from Bradley in Illinois (former Poet Laureate of Illinois)