The University of Iowa

Margaret LeMay

Margaret LeMay has taught creative writing at The University of Iowa, The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 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 currently teaches poetry and creative writing at Coe College and she is a freelance writer in medicine and healthcare. 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

Weeklong July 12 to July 17 2020
Instructor(s): 
Margaret LeMay

Whether we are healthcare providers, patients, parents, children, loved ones, or loving ones; elements of illness, loss, birth, and healing underlie our days at each age and stage. In this generative, week-long 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 25 to July 26 2020
Instructor(s): 
Margaret LeMay

Are you interested in spending two days having a great time with form and the foundations of poetry? In this generative workshop, we will focus on five poetic forms: the epistolary poem, the erasure poem, the sonnet, the villanelle, and free verse. Any writer who would like to spend some low-key, energetic time with poetry is welcome to join us, from those who are new to it or perhaps generally write in other genres to seasoned poets. The forms we will experience together allow for a close examination of language, and they are also incredibly fun to write and discuss!