Iowa Writes

Thoughts Upon Awakening—Tuesday

A bird approaches quickly and
before you can see it—all other
birds fly up and away.
It is the bully bird—
the Blue Jay.
Must be nice to have your choice of food.
Of course you also have to eat alone.

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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Barbara Brooks-Wheeler writes, "My latest published poem appears in Lyrical Iowa 2007. I am also working on a poetry collection as well as my non-fiction essays. I have presented papers at the American Women Nature Writers' Conference and the conference for The Study of Literature and Environment. I've been teaching writing in community college for over ten years."

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