Tracy Shapley

Tracy is a freelance copywriter, all around ne’er do well, non-traditional (that's a polite way of saying old) undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, and occasional waterer of plants. Her hobbies include writing fiction, reading fiction, mixing together various flavors of soup, and typing letters to her friends on an old red typewriter that doesn't have a working period so all sentences must end in questions marks or exclamation points? She has read every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and has a lot of thoughts on them. Her old Iowa farmhouse is shared by her partner Sean, their two cats Dry Bones and Gristle, and the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut.

Genre Kryptonite: Fish Out of Water Stories

Three excellent stories wherein people are thrown into unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations.

4 Ways to Make Bookish Friends in Real Life

Tips for finding new friends who share your reading interests.

Does Diversifying MFA Programs Diversify Literature? I Did the Math So You Don’t Have To

A look at the diversity (or lack) coming out of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

6 Prizes I’m Giving Away in My Imaginary Bookish Lottery

What bookish initiatives would you fund if you won the lottery?

Literary Tourism: Rome, Italy

When your vacation takes you to Rome, you do all of the literary tourism you can.

Cool Beans: 7 Books About Coffee to Help You Get Your Buzz On

Excellent *ahem* coffee table books.

Book Pairings for Every Flavor of Ben & Jerry’s I’ve Ever Eaten

It was inevitable.

Reading Recs for Roseanne and Dan Connor

Reading recommendations for the main characters of one of our favorite '90s sitcoms.

6 Things You Should Know if You’re Considering the Pulitzer Challenge

Want to read all the Pulitzer fiction winners? Here are a few tips!

CUBS WIN! Literary Goings-On in 1908: The Last Time They Were World Champs

What was happening in the world of literature the last time the Cubs won the series.

Harry Potter Dreams Come True: Magical Spells for Android Users

New Harry Potter features available on Android phones.

In Their Own Words: Narratives From Incarcerated Women

Stories from women in prison about their experiences.

100 Must-Read Books About Starting Over

100 excellent memoirs and novels about pressing the reset button.

Stop Asking Me What I Read for Fun

One man's trash is another man's fascinating literary fiction about rich people's problems.

Fiction About Addiction

Novels that nail the boring, mundane nature of alcohol and drug addiction instead of glamorizing it.