University of Iowa

Marc Nieson

Marc Nieson is a graduate of The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape, came out from Ice Cube Press in 2016. He’s won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University, edits The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, Houdini’s Heirs. Learn more about Marc at www.marcnieson.com.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 16 to June 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Marc Nieson

“The best literature is always about matters of the human heart,” Larry Brown posited. And it’s true, certain tales are more moving than others. You look up from their last page startled to remember your life—the one you now must return to—as somewhat strange and distant. Or, as perhaps more familiar and treasured than you ever realized. How do some stories achieve such rare imprints of dislocation and connection? Amazing us or haunting us, touching us, perhaps even shifting our perspectives on what is real?

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Marc Nieson

From Melville’s white whale to Walker’s color purple. Woolf’s lighthouse to Carver’s cathedral. Basho’s pond. Frost’s forked path. Naipaul’s river bend. Macdonald’s hawk. Whitehead’s underground railroad. We all recognize the precision and poignancy of these metaphors. Those crystalline choices their creators made to deeply and simultaneously etch into our minds both image and meaning.