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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa stirs artistic and cultural melting pot

The University of Iowa’s acclaimed Writers’ Workshop is associated with some of the biggest names in modern literature. Philip Roth, John Cheever and Robert Penn Warren served as faculty members here. And Pulitzer Prize winner and legendary African-American author James Alan McPherson, who’s been part of the faculty for decades, is practically an Iowa City institution in his own right. Beyond its role in helping up-and-coming American literary talent elevate their craft, the Writers’ Workshop broke geographical and artistic boundaries with Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP), a retreat for talented wordsmiths from around the world. What started out as an offshoot of