Louise Glück

Louise Glück

1976 - 1977
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A History of Writers in the English Philosophy Building


Just west of the Main Library is the English-Philosophy Building. From the time it was built in the late 1960s until 1997 it housed the Workshop. Its gray, utilitarian classrooms were the location of much beauty and heartbreak. Its small lounge on the third floor was the space where visiting writers for all those years endured the question and answer sessions that take place the morning after heralded readings. I have heard Robert Hass, Louise Glück, James Tate, James Merrill, John Ashbery, W. S. Merwin, Seamus Heaney, and Helen Vendler all answer questions in that room.

-Jan Weissmiller

Weissmiller, Jan. “Iowa City: City Guides.” Poets & Writers. Poets & Writers, 1 May 2012. Web. 15 July 2016.


Broadside of a Louise Glück poem at the UI Center for the Book

North Hall (Center for the Book)
20 West Davenport Street

“A Village Life” was printed by Visiting Printer Sara Langworthy in celebration of poet Louise Glück’s visit to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in April 2008. This poem has previously appeared in The New Yorker and is reprinted with permission of the author.


Glück, Louise. “A Village Life.” Papermaking | Center for the Book. N.p., 2016. Web. 25 June 2018.


Louise Glück reading at the University of Iowa

Van Allen Hall
30 North Dubuque Street

Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Louise Glück, Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at The University of Iowa, will read from her work at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2016 in lecture room 2 of Van Allen Hall.

A former faculty member of the UI Writers’ Workshop, Glück was U.S. poet laureate in 2003–04. Her reading, sponsored by the Writers’ Workshop and the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, will be free and open to the public.

Barclay, Winston. “Pulitzer Prize-winner, Former U.S. Poet Laureate Glück Will Read April 9.” The University of Iowa News Services. The University of Iowa, 28 Mar. 2008. Web. 15 July 2016.

Louise Glück is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 2003, and won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2014 for Faithful and Virtuous Night. She has also been a member of the faculty of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


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