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.

Link to original print



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

In her long career, the poet has taught at more than 15 universities,and she is currently at Yale. Her past positions include teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop from 1976 to 1977. She’ll return to Iowa tonight as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at 8p.m. in Van Allen Hall Lecture Room 2.

Atkinson Gunyon, Tara. “READING Louise Glück .” Daily Iowan, 9 Apr. 2008, dailyiowan.lib.uiowa.edu/DI/2008/di2008-04-09.pdf


Louise Glück is a Nobel Prize and 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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