The Center for the Literary Arts is located in the Van Etten-Lacey House, one half block east of campus at 408 Third Street SW. 

General communications

(319) 895-4225
Box: 1590


The Center for the Literary Arts
600 First St SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098

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    Rebecca Entel

    Robert P. Dana Director of the Center for the Literary Arts

    Professor of English and Creative Writing Rebecca Entel is a teacher, writer, and scholar. She is the author of the novel Fingerprints of Previous Owners (The Unnamed Press, 2017) and numerous stories and essays in journals such as Guernica, Catapult, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Cleaver, and Hobart. Her scholarly work about Civil War literature has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She teaches a broad range of courses including Novel Writing, The Slave Narrative, Literature and Social Justice (in Chicago), and Caribbean Literature (in the Bahamas).

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