James Galvin on James Alan McPherson

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“The first time I met him, I knew that I was in the presence of an extraordinary sensibility, an extraordinary mind, a profound soul.” University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop faculty member James Galvin reflects on the work and friendship of his colleague James Alan McPherson in this video from 2011. McPherson passed away on July 26 at the age of seventy-two.

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Marilynne Robinson

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"The mind is a much more generous resource than we're in the habit of considering it to be." The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist speaks about accessing imagination through writing and her teaching experiences at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Robinson discusses her new book of essays, The Givenness of Things (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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