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Diane Ackerman Reading

The Nonfiction Writing Program is pleased to announce that acclaimed essayist and poet Diane Ackerman will visit the University of Iowa next week as the NWP’s 2016-2017 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. Ackerman will read from her work on February 23, 2017, at 8 p.m. in LR2 Van Allen Hall, in a special event that is free and open to the public.

Ackerman is the author of twenty-four books of nonfiction and poetry, including bestsellers The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, which has been adapted into a film starring Jessica Chastain, A Natural History of the Senses, and most recently, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us. The New York Times Book Review calls The Human Age “a dazzling achievement: immensely readable, lively, polymathic, audacious" and its author "one of our most adventurous, charismatic, and engrossing public science writers.”

The natural world has long been a central subject for Ackerman. She considers our complex relationship to the planet in The Human Agethe vulnerabilities and mysteries of the human brain in One Hundred Names for Love, and the lushness of human sensory perception in A History of the Senses. Called “our poetic chronicler of the natural world” by the Chicago Tribune, Ackerman was elected in 2016 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ackerman has been awarded the PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Award for Nature Writing, the Orion Book Award, the National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History, the John Burroughs Nature Award, the Lavan Poetry Prize, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Her writing has long appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, American Scholar, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and many other publications.

Ackerman's visit is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Department of English, the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Religious Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Provost’s Office.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Bernice Santiago in advance at


Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Van Allen Hall, LR2
30 North Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52242