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Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Iowa Writers' Workshop and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Iowa Writers' Workshop, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Iowa Writers' Workshop include some of the greatest English language writers of the twentieth century. This list of distinguished Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni is full of recognizable and notable writers, like Flannery O'Connor and John Irving. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Iowa Writers' Workshop, but rather attended it for a spell.

This list answers the questions “Which famous writers went to Iowa Writers' Workshop?” and “Which top authors are Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni?”
  • 1

    Flannery O'Connor

    Novelist, Author
    Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American novelist, short story...  more
  • 2

    David Milch

    Television producer, Screenwriter
    David Sanford Milch (born March 23, 1945) is an American writer and producer of television...  more
  • 3

    Allan Gurganus

    Novelist, Screenwriter
    Allan Gurganus is an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist whose work, which...  more
  • 4

    Paul Lisicky

    Novelist, Writer
    Paul Lisicky (born July 9, 1959) is an American novelist and memoirist. He is an associate...  more
  • 5

    John Irving

    Novelist, Screenwriter
    John Winslow Irving (born John Wallace Blunt Jr.; March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and...  more
  • 6
    Lucinda Margaret Grealy (June 3, 1963 – December 18, 2002) was an Irish-American poet and...  more
  • 7

    Bharati Mukherjee

    Professor, Novelist
    Bharati Mukherjee (July 27, 1940 – January 28, 2017) was an Indian American writer and...  more
  • 8

    Ann Patchett

    Novelist, Author
    Ann Patchett (born December 2, 1963) is an American author. She received the 2002 PEN/Faulkner...  more
  • 9

    Adam Haslett

    Author, Writer
    Adam Haslett (born December 24, 1970) is an American fiction writer. He currently lives in New...  more
  • 10

    Rita Dove

    Poet, Professor
    Rita Frances Dove (born August 28, 1952) is an American poet and essayist. From 1993 to 1995,...  more
  • 11

    Charles D'Ambrosio

    Essayist, Writer
    Charles Anthony D'Ambrosio, Jr (born 1958) is an American short story writer and essayist....  more
  • 12
    Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld (born 1975) is an American writer. She is the author of a...  more
  • 13

    Wallace Stegner

    Environmentalist, Historian
    Wallace Earle Stegner (February 18, 1909 – April 13, 1993) was an American novelist, short...  more
  • 14

    W. D. Snodgrass

    Poet, Author
    William De Witt Snodgrass (January 5, 1926 – January 13, 2009) was an American poet who also...  more
  • 15

    Lewis Robinson

    Lewis Robinson is an American author. His first book, Officer Friendly and Other Stories, was...  more
  • 16

    Andre Dubus

    Biographer, Novelist
    Andre Jules Dubus II (August 11, 1936 – February 24, 1999) was an American short story writer...  more
  • 17

    James Tate

    Poet, Professor
    James Vincent Tate (December 8, 1943 – July 8, 2015) was an American poet. His work earned...  more
  • 18

    Robert Bly

    Poet, Author
    Robert Bly (born December 23, 1926) is an American poet, essayist, activist and leader of the...  more
  • 19

    Charles Wright

    Poet, Professor
    Charles Wright (born August 25, 1935) is an American poet. He shared the National Book Award...  more
  • 20

    Laurel Snyder

    Laurel Snyder is an American poet and writer of children's books, including novels and picture...  more
  • 21
    Douglas A. Powell (born May 16, 1963 Albany, Georgia) is an American poet....  more
  • 22

    Nam Le

    Nam Le (Vietnamese: Lê Nam) (born 1978) is a Vietnamese-born Australian writer, who won the...  more
  • 23

    Raymond Carver

    Poet, Author
    Raymond Clevie Carver Jr. (May 25, 1938 – August 2, 1988) was an American short-story writer...  more
  • 24

    Steven Erikson

    Novelist, Author
    Steven Erikson (born October 7, 1959) is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian...  more
  • 25

    Vern Rutsala

    Poet, Writer
    Vern Rutsala (February 5, 1934 – April 2, 2014) was an American poet. Born in McCall, Idaho,...  more