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Iowa City, A UNESCO "City of Literature"

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

UNESCO'S announcement cites "this University town’s unique profile as a creative writing and reading centre with impressive history of literary accomplishments. The community’s strategic commitment to literary culture through the diversity of grassroots initiatives, such as the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, was highly regarded as an instructional model and inspiration for other small cities."

The Creative Cities Network was designed to promote the social, economic and cultural development of cities in both the developed and the developing world. The cities that apply to join to the network seek to promote their local creative scene; they share interest in UNESCO's mission toward cultural diversity. Once the city is appointed to the network, it can share experiences and create new opportunities for itself and others on a global platform, notably for activities based on the notion of "creative tourism."

For more information:
UNESCO Announcement
Writing University website, UNESCO Announcement
UNESCO Designates Iowa City as the World's Third City of Literature
Iowa City earns "City of Literature" Distinction