This is a collection of short stories and poetry representing, presumably, the best of twenty-five years of the writing workshops of the State University of Iowa. All of the work collected here has appeared in various magazines -- from the quarterly reviews to the New Yorker and other popular magazines. The contributors are not entirely Americans though the character of the collection is distinctly American and, as Paul Engle insists in the introduction, the very origin of the workshop experiment (and its location) is a peculiarly American one. The contributors include: Warren Miller, Flannery O'Connor, Jean Stafford, Wallace Stegner, in the short story, and Jane Cooper, William Dickey, Paul Engle, Jean Garrigue, W.D. Snodgrass, Tennessee Williams, in the poetry. The particular selections are by no means ""specialized"" but the collection would appeal only to special interests.