University of Iowa

Margaret LeMay

Margaret LeMay has taught creative writing at The University of Iowa, The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Coe College, Des Moines University, the East Harlem Tutorial Project, and elsewhere. She is the founding director of the Examined Life Conference and the Writing and Humanities Program at the Carver College of Medicine. Her poems have appeared in publications that include Another Chicago Magazine, the Asian Pacific American Journal, Better, The Cortland Review, Little Village, and Transom, and her work was among semi-finalists for the Discovery/Boston Review prize and finalists for the Four Way Books Levis Prize. Her poem “The Heart Wakes Into” served as title and six movement subtitles for a piano quintet commissioned by and performed at the Library of Congress. She has joined the Festival as a graduate assistant, weekend session coordinator, van-driver coordinator, Eleventh Hour lecture series curator, associate director, and friend over almost two decades. Margaret holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.F.A. in poetry writing from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Instructor Events

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Margaret LeMay

Whether we are healthcare providers, patients, parents, children, loved ones, or loving ones; elements of illness, loss, birth, healing, and health underlie our days at each age and stage. In this generative workshop, we will read and write in short forms with the unifying theme of illness and health. These forms will include short stories, lyric essays, memoir, poems, and creative works that incorporate elements of all of those.

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Margaret LeMay

Are you a writer who writes in brief moments of inspiration? These might manifest in poems, prose poems, blog posts, memoir, biography, or short lyric or personal essays. Perhaps you pen or tap out concoctions that integrate elements of all of those that you don’t know how to define, but you know they’re short. Or you’re a beginning writer who is interested in learning how innovative use of form can concentrate meaning and impact in any writing, how to use white space, and how to say more in fewer words.