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City Guide

by Jan Weissmiller

Before heading to the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, held throughout June and July, get acquainted with the reading series, bars, landmarks, and people—including our guide Jan Weissmiller, co-owner of indie bookseller Prairie Lights Books—of designated City of Literature Iowa City. 

Literary Places

Prairie Lights Bookstore opened its doors in 1978 as a small, intimate bookshop, and since then, it has grown to become a literary institution in Iowa City. Today the bookstore occupies three and...

The Haunted Bookshop, Iowa City's oldest secondhand bookshop, carries over 40,000 used, rare, out-of-print, and antiquarian titles in over fifty different subject areas, specializing in poetry,...


Conferences and Residencies

Iowa City, Iowa


From the Magazine

by Staff

March/April 2013

Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Prairie Lights Books, a new publishing collaborative between the Iowa City-based Prairie Lights bookstore and the University of Iowa Press. 

by Staff

If, as part of your graduate experience, you’re interested in contributing your time or writing to a school-sponsored journal, check out this listing of institutions whose MFA programs produce literary magazines.

by Staff

May/June 2011

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Ice Cube Press, the nineteen-year-old publisher based in Iowa City with a focus on the importance of place.


From the Directory of Writers

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