Our Team

 

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Andrea Wilson | Founder & Executive Director

A visual artist, writer, and storyteller, Andrea believes that creativity and expression define the beauty of the human experience.  In early 2014, she moved back to the UNESCO City of Literature to passionately pursue writing, only to feel disconnected from the very literary community that brought her home. The Iowa Writers' House started as an altruistic dream to create a springboard for all of those involved in using art and literature to connect themselves with the world. Today the organization reaches over 3000 writers, offers workshops and programs in both Iowa City and Des Moines, and has created strategic relationships connecting Iowa with festivals in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and other Cities of Literature across the globe. 


 

Erin Casey | Communications & Student Relationships Manager

Erin Casey graduated from Cornell College with degrees in English and Secondary Education. While there she was published in Cornell’s literary magazine, Open Field, and later became its Art Editor. She also helped start the first creative writing club, Wordsmiths. Immediately after school, she attended the Denver Publishing Institute to study a graduate course focused on the publishing industry. Since then, she has recruited for DPI for the past 7 years. She is one of the first volunteers to work with the Iowa Writers’ House and has been an integral part of our success.  Erin recently attended the Pikes Peak Writing Convention and was asked to submit her first novel to an acquiring editor.

 

Grace Oeth | Marketing & Programming Intern

Grace Oeth is currently a student of the University of Iowa, studying English with a Publishing Track. Originally raised in Nebraska, Grace has always searched for opportunities in the Midwest to explore the arts. She has been published in Fools Magazine, both in print and on their website. Grace was also the Editor-in-Chief of mis[s]adventure, a one-issue magazine published in the Fall of 2017, and was part of the selection team of editors for the 2018 Iowa Chapbook Prize. Grace is an avid reader ever since she discovered Jane Austen in middle school, and her obsession with literature has only grown and propelled her forward. This is Grace's first internship, and she is excited to see where it will lead her.

Alex Penland | Special Programs 

A child of the Washington, DC museums, Alex’s passion for humanity and literature led her to Iowa City in 2015.  She uses her degree in English and Anthropology to write silly books about alien geologists and magic letters in her spare time.  When not working with the Iowa Writer’s House, she is a substitute teacher with Iowa City Community School District and a freelance writer.





 


Alisha Jeddeloh | Editor 

Alisha Jeddeloh has been a farmer and a teacher, a traveler and an editor, and through it all, a reader and a writer. As a child, she wrote plays and forced her cousins and siblings to perform them; as a teenager, she wrote angsty poems; and as an adult, she writes fiction. She currently edits for various book publishers, independent authors, and The Iowa Review. She believes that everyone has a story to tell, and she's excited to be part of an organization that helps people do just that.