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The permanent faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop are not only well-known figures in American letters, but also committed teachers who have spent their careers teaching and advising young writers. Each year the Workshop invites visiting writers to teach both poetry and fiction. They bring fresh voices and a variety of experience to the community.

Faculty Biographies: Fiction   Poetry 

In recent years the following writers have been visiting faculty in the program:

Simon Armitage, Mary Jo Bang, Cal Bedient, Elizabeth Benedict, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Kevin Brockmeier, Edward Carey, John Casey, Killarney Clary, Arda Collins, Gillian Conoley, Jane Cooper, Robert Coover, Charles D'Ambrosio, Nicholas Delbanco, Mark Doty, , Stuart Dybek, Deborah Eisenberg, Forrest Gander, Peter Gizzi, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Linda Gregg, Allan Gurganus, Barry Hannah, Ron Hansen, Matthea Harvey, Adam Haslett, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Brenda Hillman, James Hynes, John Irving, Jeremy Jackson, Denis Johnson, Thom Jones, Claudia Keelan, Richard Kenney, Galway Kinnell, Carolyn Kizer, August Kleinzahler, Ann Lauterbach, Philip Levine, Margot Livesey, Thomas Lux, Paule Marshall, Ayana Mathis, Elizabeth McCracken, Ian McEwan, Heather McHugh, Sandra McPherson, Joyelle McSweeney, Jane Miller, Bharati Mukherjee, Thisbe Nissen, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Chris Offutt, ZZ Packer, Benjamin Percy, Bob Perelman, Carl Phillips, D. A. Powell, Francine Prose, Claudia Rankine, Donald Revell, Elizabeth Robinson, Mary Ruefle, James Salter, Bob Schacochis, Tom Sleigh, Scott Spencer, Mark Strand, Elizabeth Tallent, James Tate, Barry Unsworth, Jennifer Vanderbes, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Susan Wheeler, Joy Williams, Emily Wilson, Meg Wolitzer, C.D. Wright, Charles Wright

Each year the Workshop and Prairie Lights Bookstore brings in a number of visiting writers who give readings of their work and meet with students. A preliminary schedule of visiting readers in Spring 2014 is now available.