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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
Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. It’s a pretty big deal when The New York Times singles you out as “not only our most relevant writer, but maybe our best.” Still, Stuart Dybek, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, is modest about the acclaim. A seasoned writer in multiple mediums, Dybek has been described a “virtuoso” of the short