Marvin Bell: Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Marvin Bell: Iowa Writers’ Workshop


Iowa Writers' Workshop (Dey House)
507 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Marvin Bell taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for over 30 years, serving as the Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters. Bell described the atmosphere of talented teachers:

A great many writers have come to Iowa City to read or teach. John Berryman taught here, Robert Lowell taught here, Karl Shapiro–he didn’t stay long. I think he may not have finished the semester. When I first came back from the Army, Don [Justice] had been away for a year and he had come back and couldn’t find a house, and he said he was going to leave. I was on a weekend pass from the Army to find a rental, so I found a house for him and one for us and then I went back to the Post.


Bell, Marvin. “Interview,” The Writing University website