Prairie Lights Virtual | Geoffrey Hilsabeck in conversation with Suzanne Buffam

Oct 13, 2021

07:00 PM

Save to My Events

Virtual Event

American Vaudeville

Please join us for a reading and conversation with Geoffrey Hilsabeck to celebrate the release of American Vaudeville. He will be joined in conversation by Suzanne Buffam.

To join this virtual event, register here.

M. Alison Kibler, the author of Censoring Racial Ridicule, says of the book, “Hilsabeck recounts the often bizarre details of vaudeville, the most popular live entertainment in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, and, more importantly, he evokes the feeling of this eclectic, rapid-fire amusement.”

Geoffrey Hilsabeck is the author of the poetry collection Riddles, Etc. His poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The BelieverParis Review DailyTupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. He lives in Pittsburgh.

Suzanne Buffam was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She's the author of three collections of poetry, A Pillow Book (Canarium Books 2016), The Irrationalist (Canarium Books, 2010; second edition, 2020), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Past Imperfect (House of Anansi Press, 2005), which won the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have also been published in Poetry, jubilat, A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. She lives in Chicago.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at