aBorn and raised in Los Angeles, California, JORGE GUERRA received his B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at CSULB. He is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a Dean's Graduate Research Fellow. He currently lives in Iowa City and is working on a novel and researching the Guatemalan Coup D'état of 1954 and disappearance of leftists during the Guatemalan Civil War.  


Amy Parker


AMY PARKER received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Meta-Rosenburg Fellow and a Teaching Writing Fellow. She has been awarded grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Marble House Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Clarion Foundation for her work in fiction. Her debut collection Beasts and Children was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016, and she is currently at work on a novel. She has taught fiction and creative writing at the University of Iowa and Wichita State University.


Liz Weiss

ELIZABETH WEISS earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa. Her non-fiction has been published on the New Yorker web site, and her debut novel is forthcoming from the Dial Press.




AMY CHARLES is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Maytag Fellow and Teaching-Writing Fellow in fiction. A former Congressional staffer, industry analyst, journalist, ad exec, and music librarian, she's worked as a science writer and editor for the last decade, writing for the SmithsonianNature EducationLablitThe College Board, and the UI Department of Chemistry. She teaches professional science and scientific writing, literary science essay, and composition.


Mal HellmanMALLORY HELLMAN received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard. Her nonfiction has appeared on the Forbes Booked Blog and in the Indiana Review, and her short story "October, Forest River" was a finalist for the Room Of Her Own Foundation's Orlando Prize. She has taught writing courses at Indiana University, the University of Iowa, the Duke Talent Identification Program, and elementary and secondary schools throughout Eastern Iowa. She currently serves as Director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project. 


Jane HuffmanJANE HUFFMAN is an MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop in poetry and has taught English and writing at the University of Iowa for several years. Her poetry and prose have been published widely in print and online, including in Field, Ninth Letter, New South, Third Coast, The Los Angeles Review, and phoebe. She is the founder/editor-in-chief of Guesthouse, an online literary journal. She holds a dual BA in theatre arts and English from Kalamazoo College. Jane also works at Prairie Lights as a bookseller. 


Riley JohnsonRILEY JOHNSON was born and raised in Montana. He earned his MFA in fiction writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. He is currently at work on his first novel.


Daniel KhalastchiDANIEL KHALASTCHI is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of Manoleria (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Tradition (McSweeney’s, 2015),and his poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, H_NGM_N, Iowa Review, jubilat, Ninth Letter, Octopus Magazine, 1913: A Journal of Forms, and Best American Experimental Writing 2014. A former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Daniel has taught advanced writing and literature courses at Augustana College and Marquette University, and he currently serves as Director of the University of Iowa’s Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. He lives in Iowa City and is the co-founder and managing editor of Rescue Press. His recent awards include a residency at the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat.  


Zoe PolachZOE POLACH has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA in English from the University of Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in Pet Lore, PANK, and RHINO. 


Stephen LovelySTEPHEN LOVELY has been the Director of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio since 2005. He has led twenty sessions of the program and hosted more than 1500 students. Stephen attended Kenyon College, where he majored in English, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he studied with Deborah Eisenberg, Margot Livesey, Ethan Canin, and Frank Conroy. His first novel, Irreplaceable, was published by Hyperion/Voice in 2009 and translated into German, Dutch, and Chinese. Irreplaceable received the Dana Award for the Novel and a James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award. Stephen lives in Iowa City, and is working on a second novel.


Kim MaherKIMBERLY MAHER is a visual artist and educator. She earned an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied letterpress printing, papermaking, and bookbinding. Prior to attending Iowa, she received a BA in Book Arts from St. Ambrose University. Kim currently works as the Media, Social Practice & Design Studio Specialist at the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History. She teaches courses in book arts and works as a freelance project manager for the William Morris Archive. Kim resides in Iowa City where she prints limited edition artist books and ephemera under the imprint Following Moon Press. She is a letterpress printer and illustrator with a particular fondness for pop-up and movable book structures. Her work has been exhibited and collected throught the U.S. and abroad. In 2016 her work, Two Lives, received second runner-up for the Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design.


SaraSARA MCGUIRK received an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2016, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and IYWP/Magid Center Fellow. She also holds a BA in English and Film Studies from the University of Notre Dame, where she received the Naughton Fellowship for Film Broadcasting, the Ernest Sandeen Award for Poetry, and held status as a USA Rugby Academic All-American. She has taught Creative Writing, Writing Commons, Writers in the Community, and Writing with Purpose and serves as the Women's Rugby Coach at the University of Iowa. Sara is currently finishing her first poetry collection as well as a feature-length, sci-fi screenplay.


Teaching Assistants

Sonia FarmerSONIA FARMER is a writer, visual artist, and small press publisher who uses letterpress printing, bookbinding, hand-papermaking, and digital projects to build narratives about the Caribbean space. She is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, a small and independent press located in Nassau, The Bahamas, which produces handmade and limited edition chapbooks of Caribbean literature and promotes the crafts of book arts through workshops and creative collaborations. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Nassau including at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. She is the author of Infidelities (Poinciana Paper Press, 2017) which was longlisted for the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She has also self-published several chapbooks. Her poetry has won the 2011 Prize in the Small Axe Literary Competition and has appeared in various journals. She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and is currently pursuing her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa.



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