Campus Update

The Iowa Valley/Marshalltown Community College campus did not sustain any damage during the July 19 tornado. Our campus and offices are open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, as usual. The Orpheum Theater Center is substantially damaged and will be closed until further notice; most upcoming events have been relocated (see for details). Orpheum offices are temporarily relocated to the MCC Faust Student Union.

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Carolyn Briggs

Carolyn Briggs


English Faculty




Marshalltown Community College


Faculty & Staff

Bldg & Room Number

MCC 121


Carolyn S. Briggs is Associate Professor of English at Marshalltown Community College. She holds a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. She won the Heartland Short Fiction prize for her fiction in 1997. Her 2002 memoir This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost (BloomsburyUSA, 2002) has been reissued as Higher Ground: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). She wrote the screenplay adaptation of the film Higher Ground (Sony Pictures Classics, 2011). She has published work in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Religion Dispatches, Script Magazine, Salon, and Beyond Belief: The Secret Stories of Women in Extreme Religions.