Jane Smiley in Iowa City

Jane Smiley in Iowa City


Iowa City
123 S Linn St

Here are things I would not have done if I had not spent all of that time in Iowa City:

  • given birth to my three children;
    written The Greenlanders, Barn Blind, A Thousand Acres, and The Age of Grief (at least);
    taught at Iowa State University;
    married the fathers of my children.

I do not in fact know what I would have done, or who I would have been as an adult if I hadn’t lived in and around Iowa City for nine years.



From Jane Smiley’s Iowa City Days on the Writing University website