In 1993 the Iowa Center for the Book published Iowa Literary Heritage Trail which contained a listing of several dozen of Iowa’s most prominent authors along with photos of their birthplaces, burial sites, and residences. Nearly twenty-five years later, the ICB has again focused its energies on creating a resource for visitors to refresh their knowledge about some of Iowa’s most well-known literary figures.
The authors chosen for inclusion should:
- Have lived in Iowa for around 20 years, or be a native Iowan
- Should consider themselves Iowans or write extensively about Iowa
- Should be recognized as a prominent writer by the general public
- Should have produced a sustained body of work that is generally well regarded by the literary community
The initial list of authors will be added to over time to eventually encompass the majority of the most prominent Iowa authors. For a more comprehensive list of currently active Iowa authors, check out the Iowa Author List!
Click on a name below to learn more about why they are an Iowa Treasure!