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Glory of the Senses essay contest details released for 2021

Iowa high school students who are sophomores in the 2020-21 school year, or home school students of an equivalent age, are encouraged to submit to the City of Literature’s annual Glory of the Senses: Paul Engle essay contest. Students should consider their own Iowa experience and write an essay in which they choose a specific […]

Cities of Literature celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21

The UNESCO Cities of Literature are celebrating World Poetry Day, designated by UNESCO as March 21, with a number of different project, programs and events. Granada UNESCO City of Literature in Spain leads the Cities of Literature World Poetry Day initiative each year, and the theme in 2021 is “Reconnecting People.” Twenty-three Cities of Literature […]

One Book Two Book’s Write Out Loud event to premiere at 1 p.m., Feb. 28

The Write Out Loud celebration of student writing, held virtually this year, will premiere on YouTube at 1 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 28. The celebration is the highlight of this year’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival. Watch the presentation here. The video features the grade-level winners in the One Book Two […]

100 Days of War and Peace begins Feb. 1

Following on successful community reading projects in 2020, the City of Literature once again offers the chance join with others from around the world to read a classic novel. This time we will gather to read Leo Tolstoy’s classic, War and Peace. Over 100 days, from Feb. 1-May 10, we will read a section every […]

Marvin Bell, 1937-2020

When I heard of Marvin Bell’s passing this morning, my first thought was of unrealized plans. Every time I spoke with Marvin over the past few years, he reminded me of the idea he had shared to erect a statue of Paul and Hualing Engle in Iowa City. If we could put up a statue […]