This past weekend The Writers’ Workshop in Iowa City held its 75th anniversary. This meant that you might be walking down the street and happen upon JoAnn Beard talking with Scott Spencer outside the boutique with the shoes in the window that you always want and then you go inside and they cost $300. Or maybe you’re eating an Eggciting Sandwich at the Hamburg Inn and, hey, there’s Michael Cunningham.
Anyway, it was a cool weekend and I didn’t go to as many panels as I wanted to/should have because of naps. But the ones I did go to were excellent: “How Can Literature Imagine New Futures?” with Kevin Brockmeier, Matthew Harvey, Margot Livesey, and Susan Wheeler in which sci fi, guerrilla poetry, and the evolution of consciousness were discussed. Also: “How Can Literature Fight Hatred?” with Stuart Dybek, Nathan Englander, Robert Hass, and Yiyun Li in which self-hatred, Vietnam, and a Latin translation of Winnie the Pooh were discussed. Continue reading