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List Rules People 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?”

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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Novelist, Author, Essayist
Mary Flannery O'Connor was an American writer and essayist. An important voice in American literature, she wrote two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. ...more

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David Milch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter
David S. Milch is an American writer and producer of television series. He has created several television shows, including NYPD Blue and Deadwood.

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Allan Gurganus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author
Allan Gurganus is an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist whose work, which includes Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Local Souls, is often influenced by and set in ...more

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Paul Lisicky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Novelist, Writer
Paul Lisicky is an American novelist and memoirist.

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John Irving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author
John Winslow Irving, is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp ...more

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Lucy Grealy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Writer
Lucinda Margaret Grealy was an American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in 1994. This critically acclaimed book describes her childhood and early adolescence experience with ...more

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Bharati Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Professor, Novelist, Author
Bharati Mukherjee is an Indian-born American writer who is currently a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Ann Patchett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Ann Patchett is an American author. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Patchett's other novels include Run, The Patron Saint of ...more

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Adam Haslett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Author, Writer
Adam Haslett is an American fiction writer. He was born in Port Chester, New York and grew up in Oxfordshire, England, and Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the ...more

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Rita Dove is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Poet, Professor, Author
Rita Frances Dove is an American poet and author. From 1993 to 1995 she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She is the first African American to have been ...more

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Charles D'Ambrosio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Essayist, Writer
Charles Anthony D'Ambrosio, Jr is an American short story writer and essayist.

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Curtis Sittenfeld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Novelist
Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld is an American writer. She is author of four novels: Prep, the tale of a Massachusetts prep school; The Man of My Dreams, a coming-of-age novel and an examination of ...more

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Wallace Stegner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Environmentalist, Historian, Novelist
Wallace Earle Stegner was an American historian, novelist, short story writer, and environmentalist, often called "The Dean of Western Writers". He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and ...more

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W. D. Snodgrass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Poet, Author
William De Witt Snodgrass was an American poet who also wrote under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons. He won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

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Lewis Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Lewis Robinson Writer
Lewis Robinson is an American author. His first book, Officer Friendly and Other Stories, was published by HarperCollins in 2003. A graduate of Middlebury College and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, ...more

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Andre Dubus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Biographer, Novelist, Author
Andre Jules Dubus II was an American short story writer, essayist, and autobiographer.

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James Tate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Poet, Professor
James Tate is an American poet whose work has earned him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of ...more

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Robert Bly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer
Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men's movement. His most commercially successful book to date was Iron John: A Book About Men, a key text of the ...more

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Charles Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Poet, Professor, Author
Charles Wright is an American poet. He shared the National Book Award in 1983 for Country Music: Selected Early Poems and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for Black Zodiac. In June 2014, he was ...more

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Laurel Snyder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Laurel Snyder Writer
Laurel Snyder is an American poet and writer of children's books, including novels and picture books. She has also edited a number of literary journals and is a commentator for NPR's All Things ...more

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D. A. Powell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Poet
Douglas A. Powell is an American poet.

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Nam Le is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Writer
Nam Le is a Vietnamese-born Australian writer, who won the Dylan Thomas Prize for his book The Boat, a collection of short stories. His stories have been published in many places including Best ...more

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Raymond Carver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer
Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. was an American short story writer and poet. Carver contributed to the revitalization of the American short story in literature during the 1980s.

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Steven Erikson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Steven Erikson is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. His best-known work is the ten-volume fantasy ...more

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Vern Rutsala is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Iowa Writers' Workshop Alumni
Vern Rutsala Poet, Writer
Vern Rutsala was an American poet. Born in McCall, Idaho, he was educated at Reed College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He taught English and creative writing at Lewis & Clark College in ...more