Robinson lecture kicks off Writers’ Workshop anniversary festivities

Pulitzer Prize–winning faculty member Marilynne Robinson will deliver the keynote lecture, “The Workshop as Phenomenon,” at 8 p.m., Thursday, June 9, in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. The lecture is one of two free, public events for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop 75th anniversary celebration.

Robinson won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for the novel Gilead, which is set in a small Iowa town, and the sequel, Home, won the Orange Prize for Fiction—the top international award for women writers.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Gilead won the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the 2005 Ambassador Book Award, and it was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Home was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Robinson’s first novel, Housekeeping, was a Pulitzer finalist two decades ago, when it won the PEN/Hemingway Award.

Robinson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences last fall, and she was recently a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, a biennial award the recognizes the overall contributions of a writer.

The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is the oldest and most prestigious graduate creative writing program in the country, and, since its founding in 1936, the program has been home to thousands of remarkable writers.

Visit iww75th.uiowa.edu/index.html for more information about the anniversary celebration.


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