Welcome to Iowa City Poetry


How do we share poetry resources with everyone?

And because we’re based in Iowa City, we ask the question slightly differently.

How do we share the wealth of literary resources in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature and home to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with all poets? Poets of all ages, incomes, identities, and experience levels.

One answer is to create spaces, virtual and (when safe again) physical, where all poets in our community can learn with and from each other.

Another answer is to reach past geographic boundaries to create virtual spaces where poets in our area and far beyond can easily find community and inspiration.

Income, age, identity, and experience level can’t be a wall. We purposely keep workshop fees low, and tuition assistance is available whenever requested. Other events are offered free or pay-what-you-will. Poets of all ages and identities are cherished here. New and experienced writers are always, always welcome.

So that’s what we’re all about. Creating spaces where we can all grow as writers, learning with and from some of the most talented poets around.

Mission Statement


Iowa City Poetry builds community through a love of poetry. We share the wealth of literary resources in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature and home to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with adult poets of all ages, incomes, identities, and experience levels.

As a member of The James Gang, Iowa City Poetry is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

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