April 30, 2009

Why Sandra Cisneros hates the Iowa Writers Workshop


You know the legend: Lots of great writers have come out of the MFA program at the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, including Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver, John Edgar Wideman, Kurt Vonnegut and both Dennises — some would say DenisesJohnson. At least one notable grad, though, is still pretty rankled about her time there, many years later:

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