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Readers may be surprised to learn that some of our favorite storytellers have been learning their craft in Iowa City. Read more in Curiositales Magazine.

Readers may be surprised to learn that some of our favorite storytellers have been learning their craft in Iowa City. Read more in Curiositales Magazine.

Iowa Unesco City of Literature

There are twenty-eight United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Cities of Literature across the globe, and one is in the heartland of America, Iowa City, Iowa.


This isn’t news to writers, but readers may be surprised to learn that some of our favorite storytellers have been learning their craft in Iowa City for over eighty years.

"Not to be missed on your visit is the Lit Walk, a celebration of 49 writers with ties to Iowa including Bess Streeter Aldrich, Gail Godwin, Elizabeth McCracken, and W.D. Snodgrass." #literarytourism #iowacity

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Not to be missed on your visit is the Lit Walk, a celebration of 49 writers with ties to Iowa including Bess Streeter Aldrich, Gail Godwin, Elizabeth McCracken, and W.D. Snodgrass.

Readers may be surprised to learn that some of our favorite storytellers have been learning their craft in Iowa City. Read more in Curiositales Magazine.

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On the walk you’ll see a series of bronze relief panels featuring the authors’ words and attribution, and a series of general quotations about books and writing stamped into the concrete sidewalk, all created by artist Gregg LeFevre.

Do you have a favorite literary setting that you love to visit? Let us know in the comments down bellow!

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