Iowa Writes


Straight-up tequila
goes down warm
no rusty edges
or pricks

Straight-up tequila
lays me down
blood red sunsets
I regret

or remember there
is God
or forget
to grieve

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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Elaine Mattingly was born and raised in the heart of Grant Wood country (Anamosa) and now resides in Newton, among the ghosts of corporate glory past and fragments of ever-evolving visions for the future, some of them haunting her work as resident playwright for the Sugar Grove Presents dinner entertainment series.

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