Live from Prairie Lights | Mary Allen in Conversation with Patricia Foster

May 13, 2022

07:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books,

15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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The Deep Limitless Air: A Memoir in Pieces

Please join us for a reading and conversation with Mary Allen to celebrate the release of her new book The Deep Limitless Air: A Memoir in Pieces. She will be joined in conversation by Patricia Foster.

Mary Allen is a memoir and fiction writer whose themes are spiritual and psychological healing, love, the nature of life and death, and the ways our states of consciousness intersect with our experience of reality. Her writing — and broad range of writing topics — reflect her belief that the personal and the practical, the painful and the numinous, the spiritual and the ordinary are all blended together in our lives and cannot be separated from one another without at least part of the truth being lost. Her literary memoir, The Rooms of Heaven, was published by Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage Books. Mary Allen is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and a Paul Engle/James Michener Fellowship and has published short work in Poets and Writers, Tiferet, Real Simple, Library Journal, The Chaos, CNN Online, and in the anthology If I Don’t Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings.  She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught in the University of Iowa’s nonfiction writing MFA program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Rhetoric Department at the University of Iowa.  She currently makes a living as a writing coach and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

Patricia Foster is the author of All the Lost Girls Just Beneath My SkinGirl from Soldier Creek and the editor of four anthologies including Understanding the Essay (co-edited with Jeff Porter). She is the recipient of a Dean’s Scholar Award, a Yaddo Fellowship, a Florida Arts Council Award, an Iowa Arts & Humanities Award, and has published over 50 essays and stories in  Ploughshares, The SunVirginia Quarterly Review and other quarterlies.  She is professor emeritus of the MFA Program in Nonfiction at UIowa and has taught in France, Australia, Italy, Czech Republic, and Spain.

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