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Jun 13, 2024

7:00 PM

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Kristin Lansing-Stoeffler will read from The Shadows Could Not Reach Her, published by Ice Cube Press. The Shadows Could Not Reach Her is a study of meaning-making in the form of essays, poems, and paintings. A lifelong artist, Lansing-Stoeffler was born and raised in Iowa and grew up visiting farms in Northeast Iowa, where her family hails from. It was this place, and these people, that inspired her to paint landscapes. “I knew what a traditional landscape should look like, but I hoped that...

Jun 14, 2024

7:00 PM

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Please join us with former Iowa Citian, Kathy Taylor, who will read from her novel, The Birthing House. This literary historical novel follows a woman’s journey of healing and discovery through her writing. It features explorations of heart, mind, and body, richly textured with friendships, memories, dreams, and layers of history. Two timelines alternate, twenty years apart. Synopsis: In 1980, after a recent miscarriage, Clare Muller arrives in the fairytale town of Marburg, Germany with her...

Jun 17, 2024

Jun 17, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Let’s face it—we all have it. Maybe we even need it to write well. But perfectionism can turn writing into a painful struggle. It can make it hard to get something down on the page and turn editing into a confusing hack-fest. We probably can’t control how we think, but we can adopt practices that help us outrun our perfectionism and edit effectively by getting quiet and listening to our intuition. Writing coach Mary Allen offers concrete advice and tips about how to outrun perfectionism and ...

Jun 17, 2024

7:00 PM

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Poet/playwright/photographer Taylor Bradley will read from her memoir, No Place Like House. "My world was ending. It was 2018 and all of California was on fire." During the next two years, Taylor spent her days searching for a soft place to rest her head at night, sleeping mostly in cars, hotels, and other people's houses. She made her way across the country three times, and even found herself in London for a bit. There's No Place Like House is a true story of an adventure across America, na...

Jun 18, 2024

7:00 PM

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Iowa Summer Writing Festival instructors Eric Goodman and Christine Hemp will read from their latest books. Eric Goodman will read from Curveball. “Eric Goodman’s Curveball dwells in its details in the most fascinating way — and it reaches far beyond its baseball setting to become a first-rate intergenerational drama as well as a delightful read.” —T.C. Boyle Eric Goodman is the author of six previous novels, including In Days of Awe, the prequel to Curveball, and Cuppy and Stew: The Bombin...

Jun 19, 2024

Jun 19, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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The blank page can feel like a glass wall we’re required to scale. We might wonder where to begin and how. While we are adept at narrativizing our own lives — even the dullest, most dreadful experiences become fodder for a good barstool story — when confronted with a blank page, our skill, our personality, and our pleasure too often abandon us. In this talk, Jessica Alexander considers how the anecdotes and casual stories we tell daily can help us discover our singular style as writers and g...

Jun 19, 2024

7:00 PM

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The University of Iowa's Between the Lines Program presents Peace and the Writing Experience: Four Readings with visiting instructors Rochelle Potkar, Vladimir Poleganov, Tariri Ndoro, and Senka Marić. Rochelle Potkar is a prize-winning poet, author, and screenwriter based in Mumbai. She is the author of the poetry books Four Degrees of Separation and Paper Asylum, which was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020; and the short story collection Bombay Hangovers. Her pri...

Jun 20, 2024

Jun 20, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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A novel's first chapter is its foundation, the cornerstone upon which its larger structure rests. This lecture presents a theory of good beginnings, exploring ways that authors provide a blueprint for what follows, immerse the reader in a set of specific themes, and introduce the seeds of a coming dilemma, all while not giving too much away. Drawing on archetypal examples from literature, from Charles Dickens to Alice Walker and Kazuo Ishiguro, we'll discuss the essential features of an open...

Jun 20, 2024

7:00 PM

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Writers' Workshop alum Joe Fassler will read from his new novel, The Sky Was Ours. "The Sky Was Ours is an immersive fever dream of a novel, beautifully written and boldly imagined. It's a dark fairy tale with a gripping human pulse; attuned to global crisis but also rooted deeply in the psyches of its characters, animated by their grief and most of all by their longing--longing for wonder, escape, transcendence, hope for our profit-rotted world; a longing that soars through these pages with...

Jun 21, 2024

7:00 PM

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Join us with Brink literary journal founder Nina Lohman, who will read from her lyrical new work of nonfiction, The Body Alone, published by University of Iowa Press! "This book is a searching inventory of a life altered by pain, punctuated with forays into history, etymology, theology, and poetics. It's a stubborn, tender record of the unrecordable, a brave attempt to describe something that cannot ever be truly communicated. A beautiful howl of a book." —Jordan Kisner Nina Lohman is found...

Jun 24, 2024

Jun 24, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Ghosts, witches, and devils can be a lot of fun to read and to write. But what else can they do in a story? In this lecture, we will look more deeply at the roles of the supernatural in fiction, not just as fun conceits or convenient plot points, but as ways to destabilize old certainties, claim marginalized realities against established narratives, and create rich, lasting work that can change and haunt the reader beyond the page. Ananda Lima is a poet, fiction writer, and translator. Her ...

Jun 24, 2024

7:00 PM

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Ananda Lima will read from her surreal literary linked short stories published by TOR Books, Craft: Stories I Wrote For the Devil. Called by Library Journal "one of the most original and unforgettable reads of the year," Craft has also been praised by Booklist, Lightspeed Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and Reactor. "Ananda Lima didn't write these stories for the Devil, she wrote them for me! An absolutely thrilling reminder that short stories can be the best kind of magic, conjuring up not onl...

Jun 25, 2024

Jun 25, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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“Lower limit speech / Upper limit music,” wrote poet Louis Zukofsky. This lecture explores poetry and other writing that reaches toward that upper limit. How can we make engaging music with nothing but words on a page? What happens when fiction and nonfiction “break into song” at key moments? We’ll consider the possibilities for song and rhythm in poetry and other genres, with prompts for your writing and toe-tapping inspired by Theodore Roethke, Gwendolyn Brooks, and more. Zach Savich is t...

Jun 25, 2024

7:00 PM

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Alina Grabowski will read from Women and Children First, a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by Debutiful, Oprah Daily, and Vogue as well as A Most Anticipated Book of Spring 2024 by The New York Times. "Alina Grabowski is a writer of startling wisdom and deep humanity, and Women and Children First reads like a shimmering kaleidoscope of grief and longing, a magic lantern casting spectral illumination across dark surfaces of loss. Its pages smell like watermelon body lotion and low tide and fres...

Jun 26, 2024

Jun 26, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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In this lecture, we’ll focus on moments of transformative and unforeseen intimacy between characters. A shared cigarette on a dive bar porch; a run-in at an empty bus station; a confession in the frozen foods aisle. How can we bring our characters together in ways that redefine their relationships and surprise the reader? We’ll look at authors who are masters of these moments—such as Elizabeth Strout, ZZ Packer, and Alexander Chee—and use prompts to create them ourselves. Alina Grabowski gr...

Jun 27, 2024

Jun 27, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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In this lecture, poet, fiction writer, playwright, and artist Nao will discuss the art of discipline. What is it? And how does a writer traditionally and nontraditionally define it? The discussion will encompass various emotional and psychic strategies aimed at advancing one’s authority, autonomy, and regimen when creating pieces of writing. Nao will also provide examples of disciplinary methods that impair healthy conditions and the desire for creativity, and will offer advice on how to avo...

Jun 27, 2024

7:00 PM

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New York Times Best-selling author and Writers' Workshop alum Claire Lombardo will read from her highly anticipated second novel, Same As It Ever Was. She will be joined in conversation by Doubleday Executive Editor Lee Boudreaux. "Witty and insightful ... a powerful exploration of marriage, motherhood, and self." —Bonnie Garmus Claire Lombardo is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Most Fun We Ever Had, which has been optioned for television by Reese Witherspoon. She li...

Jun 30, 2024

Jun 30, 2024

All Day

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The University of Iowa is planning to retire the Arts Iowa calendar website effective June 30, 2024. Retiring the Arts Iowa calendar website is necessary because the platform on which the site is built will soon be obsolete and no longer supportable. Additionally, traffic to the site has declined significantly in recent years as users increasingly find event information through the UI Events calendar (events.uiowa.edu) and your respective collegiate and departmental websites. Finally, the m...