Claire Lombardo @ Prairie Lights

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Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Claire Lombardo will read from The Most Fun We Ever Had, a multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple match wits, harbor grudges, and recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built. "Everything about this brilliant debut cuts deep: the humor,...

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Alicia Dill @Prairie Lights

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University of Iowa school of journalism alum and former soldier Alicia Dill will read from her thriller, Squared Away.  One phone call in the middle of the night changes the life of a former soldier, Joelle McCoy. Her best friend and battle buddy, Concepcion Chapa, is dead and McCoy isn't taking the alleged car accident at face...

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ASLI PERKER, ARMEN OF ARMENIA & YURIY SEREBRIANSKY: Live From PL

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IWP Youth Program presents visiting instructors Asli Perker, Armen of Armenia, and Yuriy Serebryansky, who will read from their work. Asli Perker is one of the most prominent writers of Turkey. She's written six novels, some of which have been translated into as many as 24 languages. Perker contributes to art magazines and has a...

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Charles Holdefer and Anthony Varallo @Prairie Lights

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ISWF instructors and Writers’ Workshop graduates Charles Holdefer and Anthony Varallo will read from their new fiction. Charles Holdefer will read from Magic Even You Can Do. Holdefer is the author of the novels Dick Cheney in Shorts, The Contractor, Apology for Big Rod and Back In The Game. He is also the author of a work of Literary Criticism called George...

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We The Interwoven Vol. 2 Anthology Reading @ Prairie Lights

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Please join us for a special launch event for We the Interwoven: An Anthology of Bicultural Iowa, Volume 2, an anthology of Iowa residents who have multicultural backgrounds, compiled and edited by Andrea Wilson. At six years old, Antonia Rivera crossed the border from Mexico with nothing but the doll in her hands. Ajla Dizdarević’s family...

Amanda Nadelberg & Fred Schmalz @ Prairie Lights

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Writerís Workshop summer faculty member Amanda Nadelberg will read from Songs from a Mountain. "Amanda Nadelberg's poetry resembles a city where all kinds of things are happening at once, some of them funny and others pretty scary— a dizzying achievement that rings out loud and precise and clear." —John Ashbery Nadelberg is also the author of Bright Brave Phenomena, and Isa...

Jose Olivarez & Poupeh Missaghi @ Prairie Lights

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The IWP Between the Lines Program presents José Olivarez and Poupeh Missaghi, who will read from their work. José Olivarez is the author of Citizen Illegal, which was shortlisted for the 2019 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. "Citizen Illegal is a fearless, instrumental, honest collection of poetry. In other words, the book is fire— Olivarez's poetry navigates the razor...

Caleb Rainey @ Prairie Lights

Prairie Lights Bookstore

Spoken word poet Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey, will present his new book, Look, Black Boy. In his debut poem collection, Rainey explores racial tensions in America from the perspective of a young Black male. Rainey hails from Columbia, Missouri, and holds a bachelors degree in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Iowa. He co-founded...

Michael S. Lewis-Beck @ Prairie Lights

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Iowa City poet and political scientist, Michael Lewis-Beck will read from his new collection of poems, Rural Routes.  "The people that Mike Lewis-Beck conjures in Rural Routes are so enmeshed in their landscapes that where they are and who they are flicker so quickly as to become one continuous light. This is the glow of the all-night diner,...

Jeanette Miller & Matthew Graham @ Prairie Lights

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"Jeanette Miller makes a stellar debut in Unscheduled Flights, a collection of poetry that spreads its wings and takes the reader on a journey of the imagination from George’s Bar and Grill to the River Ganges, from the mundane to the mystical. Miller heeds the call of the symbolic crow throughout, that call of unconscious transformation....

Ed Folsom, Jim Perlman, & Dan Campion Reading @ Prairie Lights

Prairie Lights Bookstore

Please join us for a very special evening in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday as editors Ed Folsom, Jim Perlman and Dan Campion read from the new edition of their monumental anthology, Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song. Beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous 1855 letter ("I greet you at the beginning of a...

PUBLISHING REIMAGINED

Prairie Lights Bookstore

The Publishing Reimagined panel highlights independent presses and individuals who are bringing groundbreaking innovations to the presentation of literary work, including novelist Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s visual poetry synthesizer, the vinyl record-only poetry label Fonograf Editions, and PromptPress, which uses original work from visual artists and writers as a launchpad for creative responses. Doors open at 3:30...

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