The University of Iowa

Meet Our Staff

Amy L. Margolis, Director, has been with the Festival since 1990. She holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow in fiction. She’s taught fiction and nonfiction writing in the Festival and at the University of Iowa. Her fiction appears in The Iowa Review. She is currently at work on a memoir-in-shards about her life as a dancer in the late seventies, at the onset of the AIDS crisis.




Joanna Eyanson, Program Coordinator, graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Iowa, and worked as a writing coach and a bassoonist there. She now lives in Iowa City with a feline roommate who reads almost as much as she does. This is her fifth year with the Festival.