Keynote Speaker

This year's conference has been cancelled to maintain social distancing during the COVID 19 outbreak.

John D'Agata

Keynote Address: Reflections on a Passing Resemblance

 M.F. Carpenter Professor of English and Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

John D'Agata


John D’Agata is the author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series A New History of the Essay, which includes the anthologies The Next American Essay, The Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay. He is currently working on a collection of translations and a book about a famous ancient Greek letter. John D’Agata lives in Iowa City where he teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa and directs The Nonfiction Writing Program.