John Lyons is a rising senior at the University of Iowa (UI) studying English and creative writing with minors in theatre arts and gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. Originally from New Berlin, Wisconsin, John is interested in the question, “Can creative writing be taught?” and the vast implications of that question’s answer on issues ranging from literary theory to social justice. John is the president of the UI English Society, an editor for Earthwords magazine as well as a graduate of the 2019 International Writing Program’s summer writing institute, where John was selected to study alongside a group of 29 fellow writers from across India, Pakistan and the United States. Alongside writing, John is also passionate about performing and issues related to sexual violence. After graduation, John intends to continue studying ways to make writing instruction more effective and beneficial, whether that be through pursuing an MFA, MAT or PhD.
Updated May 2020