The Dey House, a 140-year-old mansion, is home to the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, one of the oldest MFA writing programs in the country. Director Lan Samantha Chang — who attended the workshop as a student — has made it a priority to attract students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to the program. Linda Kahlbaugh/AP hide caption

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Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film adaptation of James Welch's Winter in the Blood. KBD Photography/Ranchwater Films hide caption

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