The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature seeks to serve as a clearinghouse for information about the literary community in our area. Below and in the dropdown menu under the above “Resources” tab you will find information about area libraries, publishers, reading groups and more.

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Iowa City Area Libraries

Iowa City Public Library – The Iowa City Public Library was established in 1896 and has served the community from a downtown location ever since.  The Iowa City Public Library encourages and sustains a literate, informed, and diverse community, is committed to equal accessibility, intellectual freedom, and life-long learning, and provides a community gathering place for meetings and programming for the benefit of the public.

Coralville Public Library – The Coralville Public Library was established in 1965.  The library owns approximately 100,000 items for public use: including books, magazines, newspapers, audio-visual materials, reference databases, downloadable eBooks and eAudio books, and computer multimedia. The facility has community meeting rooms available for area non-profits and study space available for patrons. Cafe del Sol Coffee and Tea @ the library is also located near the library’s main entrance.

North Liberty Community Library – The North Liberty Community Library provides convenient and equal access to all library patrons. The Library offers materials, programs and up-to-date technology to meet the needs of the growing library community.


Online and Print Literary Publications

91st Meridian – 91st Meridian is an electronic publication of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City (41° 38′ N /91° 33′ W). It appears two times a year, and aims to contribute to general reading beyond the (national, linguistic, cultural) borders of the Anglophone sphere.

The Daily Palette – The Daily Palette is a web-based project of the Intermedia area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. By featuring the work of a different Iowa-connected artist everyday it seeks to heighten interest, awareness and appreciation of Iowa’s arts community

The Iowa ReviewThe Iowa Review is an American literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews.  “We see our mission as nudging along American literature, being local but not provincial, experimental but not without respect for literary traditions.”

earthwordsearthwords is the University of Iowa’s original undergraduate literary review. earthwords strives to showcase the creative works of UI undergraduates in literature and the arts while providing students with the educational experience of producing a literary magazine.

Vital SignsVital Signs is an entirely student-run newspaper. The content of the paper is limited only by the imagination of  reporters and contributors. “We publish all kinds of material. Regular reporters, essayists, fiction writers, poets, photographers, and artists will all be welcomed with warmth and enthusiasm.”

The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review – The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review is a literary quarterly sponsored by the Graduate College and the Department of English and published by The University of Iowa. WWQR is the official journal of the Walt Whitman Studies Association, affiliated with the American Literature Association.

Voices from the Writing CenterVoices From the Writing Center is a publication that celebrates writing done in and around the Writing Center.  It is published twice a year and features academic writing, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry written by Writing Center students and participants in the Center’s creative writing groups.

INK (Writing Certificate Journal)Ink Lit Mag is a new undergraduate literary journal published through the generous support of the Frank N. Magid Undergraduate Writing Center and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Conceived, edited, designed, staffed, and promoted by residents of the Iowa Writers Living-Learning Community, Ink is open to submissions by all first-year University of Iowa students (regardless of major/area of study) as well as alumni of the IWLLC.


Iowa City Area Publishers

University of Iowa Press

Autumn Hill Books

Ice Cube Press  (North Liberty)

Wapsipinicon Almanac (Anamosa)

Empyrean Press

Candle Light Press

Lightful Press

Strange Cage

Human 500

Anomoulous Press

Rescue Press

The Examined Life