University of Iowa

Meet Our Staff

Director Amy Margolis (M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop) has been with the Festival since 1990, as a graduate assistant, an instructor, an assistant director, a co-director and, since 2001, as the program’s director. Amy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow in fiction. She’s taught fiction and nonfiction writing in the Festival and to undergraduates at The University of Iowa and elsewhere. Her short fiction appears in The Iowa Review and was nominated for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. 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 and moonlights as a writing instructor for the Parks & Recreation department. This is her fourth year with the Festival.