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Oct 16, 2019

Oct 16, 2019

4:00 PM

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Brent Hayes Edwards will receive the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Honor of Newton Arvin at 4pm on October 16th in the Old Capitol Senate Chambers. The Truman Capote Award is a $30,000 prize and is the largest award for literary criticism in English. The award ceremony will be followed by a reception with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Edwards is widely recognized for his groundbreaking scholarship on cultures of African diaspora. He has served as an editor or member of the...

Oct 17, 2019

Oct 17, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Inside Out Reentry is hosting a two day reentry summit in Iowa City to raise awareness among the general public about the barriers returning citizens face, as well as how we can build a supportive community for those returning home. Event includes: Overview on reentry in the State of Iowa from the Director of the Department of Corrections, Beth Skinner Presentation from Sean Pica, Executive Director, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison A voting rights panel featuring legal experts...

Oct 17, 2019

7:00 PM

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Poet Timothy Donnelly will read from The Problem of the Many. "Timothy Donnelly meditates on the very terms that make meditation possible—terms such as 'knowledge,' 'mystery,' 'particular,' 'mind,' and 'will' . . . and he makes the tough time we have pinning those terms down into one of his typical subjects."—Steph Burt Poems from The Problem of the Many have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, The New Republic, A Public Space, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. Donnelly is...

Oct 20, 2019

Oct 20, 2019

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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The IWP and UI MFA writing programs take over the 2nd floor of Prairie Lights – grab a glass of wine or a fancy soda and settle in for an hour of highlights from three of the writers' best works! Carlos GAMERRO (fiction, translation, nonfiction; Argentina) has authored six novels, most recently Cardenio (2016), a collection of short stories, and a body of literary criticism, as well as translations of seminal English-language literary works including Shakespeare, W. H. Auden, and Harold Blo...

Oct 21, 2019

Oct 21, 2019

7:00 PM

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Prairie Lights and the Iowa City Public Library present Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief and The Messenger, to read from his recent novel, Bridge of Clay.  An unforgettable and sweeping family saga, Bridge of Clay is the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar ...

Oct 22, 2019

Oct 22, 2019

6:00 PM

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A new free film every Sunday! Tour the far reaches of global cinema through films created or chosen by the International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residents. Free and open to the public, just like the rest of IWP's events. Stay for a Q&A after the screening.  * Special Cinematheque time & location * TUESDAY 10/22, 6PM FilmScene * Chauncey * IWP and Bijou Present: Breve historia del planeta verde [Brief Story from the Green Planet] (Argentina)   Presented by IWP writer-in-residence:  Sa...

Oct 23, 2019

Oct 23, 2019

All Day

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The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host our 13th annual three-day conference focusing on the links between medicine and the arts. We feature a refreshing and relaxed atmosphere to take in skill-building workshops and inspiring presentations from the people working to forge that integration. You’ll leave with a new appreciation not only of your art, but of your work (and even your struggles). Welcome to Iowa!

Oct 24, 2019

Oct 24, 2019

6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

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Too often in storytelling--especially scientific storytelling--writers present case studies instead of stories, to the detriment of patients and readers. So how do we eschew mediocrity, find truly amazing stories, and give our subjects' stories the power and respect they deserve? Former This American Life producer and Emmy winning journalist Stephanie Foo teaches you how to tell stories that sing -- and make an impact. Radio journalist and producer Stephanie Foo has worked for Snap Judgment...

Oct 24, 2019

7:00 PM

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David Hamilton, author of A Certain Arc and former editor of The Iowa Review, will read at 7pm on October 24 at Prairie Lights Books. This reading, sponsored by The Nonfiction Writing Program, is part of the Krause Series in Contemporary Nonfiction.

Oct 25, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Writers often create characters different from themselves. When such a character “belongs” to a distinct, recognizable group—perhaps a minority—challenges may arise. What is the writer’s responsibility toward representing the “other” accurately? What effort in understanding, empathy, research may be needed? Manuel BECERRA (poetry; Mexico) is the author of five books of poetry, including Instrucciones para matar un caballo [Instructions for Killing a Horse] (2013). A winner of six national p...

Oct 25, 2019

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Iowa City’s best multilingual reading series with bagels! Voices from around the world fill historic Shambaugh House, International Writing Program (IWP) HQ. Please join us for readings by two IWP Fall Residents. Samuel MENGHESTEAB (fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry; Eritrea) is the author of the Tigrigna story anthology Seb ziseanet seb, and a regular contributor to Tigrigna-language magazines. He teaches adult and youth theater and literary programs, and writers pop sing lyrics . His par...

Oct 25, 2019

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

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This event is part of The Examined Life Conference, but is open to the public.  

Oct 27, 2019

Oct 27, 2019

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Sundays this fall: The IWP and UI MFA writing programs take over the 2nd floor of Prairie Lights – grab a glass of wine or a fancy soda and settle in for an hour of highlights from three of the writers' best works! BUDDHISAGAR (fiction, poetry, drama; Nepal) authored the bestselling novel [Karnali Blues], which won the 2010 Rastriya Pratibha Puraskar award; an English translation is forthcoming. He has three other novels and one poetry collection; his radio scripts appear on Nepali broadc...

Oct 27, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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A new free film every Sunday! Tour the far reaches of global cinema through films created or chosen by the IWP Fall Residents. Free and open to the public, just like the rest of IWP's events. Stay for a Q&A after the screening.  Apprentice (dir. Boo Junfeng; Singapore; 2016; 96 min) Presented by Clara CHOW (fiction, nonfiction, drama; Singapore) who is a short story writer, editor, columnist, co-founder of the arts and literature magazine WeAreAWebsite.com, and author of two short story co...

Oct 30, 2019

Oct 30, 2019

7:30 PM

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The Nonfiction Writing Program is pleased to present acclaimed writer, journalist, and activist Barbara Ehrenreich whose latest book, Natural Causes, won the 2019 Krause Essay Prize. Ehrenreich, who is also the author of the bestseller Nickel and Dimed, will read at the 2019 Krause Essay Prize ceremony, held Wed, October 30th at the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The ceremony and reading begin at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm), with a dessert reception to follow. All are welcome to attend. The Kra...

Nov 1, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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How does travel-induced anxiety, inspiration, or memories made on-the-go influence the writing process? What persona emerges as daily routines disappear? Are there forms and genres more suited to a writer on the move?    Clara CHOW (fiction, nonfiction, drama; Singapore) is a short story writer, editor, columnist, co-founder of the arts and literature magazine WeAreAWebsite.com, and author of two short story collections. Named among Singapore’s Top 12 Writers to Watch, she won the 2018 Jan...

Nov 1, 2019

8:00 PM

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Graduate student choreographers at the University of Iowa Department of Dance take the work of IWP writers beyond words. 

Nov 3, 2019

Nov 3, 2019

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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The IWP and UI MFA writing programs take over the 2nd floor of Prairie Lights – grab a glass of wine or a fancy soda and settle in for an hour of highlights from three of the writers' best works! Playwright YU Nick Rongjun (drama; People’s Republic of China), artistic director of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, the Shanghai International Comedy Festival, and co-director of the Shanghai Performing Arts Group, has had over 60 plays produced in China and abroad. He also works in film, TV, a...

Nov 3, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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A new free film every Sunday! Tour the far reaches of global cinema through films created or chosen by the IWP Fall Residents. Free and open to the public, just like the rest of IWP's events. Stay for a Q&A after the screening.  Short films directed by women directors from Namibia and Greece, presented by Martha Mukaiwa and Amanda Michalopoulou. Martha MUKAIWA (nonfiction, fiction, journalism; Namibia) is an arts and travel journalist, and activist for black Namibians, women, and the LGBTQ...

Nov 4, 2019

Nov 4, 2019

7:00 PM

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Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate and award-winning playwright Regina Porter will read from her debut novel, The Travelers.  "In The Travelers, generations of two families--one black and one white--journey across time, race, geography, and the wounds of history with sweeping breadth and disarming intimacy. Porter's debut signals the arrival of a fully formed, singular talent." --Ayana Mathis Regina Porter was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of a 2017-2018 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Schola...

Nov 9, 2019

Nov 9, 2019

4:00 PM

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Writers’ Workshop graduate Carmen Maria Machado will read from In the Dream House, published by Graywolf Press. Author Garth Greenwell will join her to talk about the book.   “Wrought with alarming premonition, propulsive rhythm, and a trove of folkloric archetypes, Machado’s genre-crushing memoir is a meditation on the eclipse of knowledge and intuition by the narcotic light of a destructive bond that feels like love.”—Melissa Broder Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other...

Nov 10, 2019

Nov 10, 2019

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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The IWP and UI MFA writing programs take over the 2nd floor of Prairie Lights – grab a glass of wine or a fancy soda and settle in for an hour of highlights from three of the writers' best works! Soukaina HABIBALLAH (poetry, fiction, screenwriting; Morocco) has four poetry collections and one novel [The Barracks] (2016), with a second novel forthcoming in 2019. Habiballah has received many awards including, in 2015, the Buland Al Haidari Prize for Arabic poetry, and the 2019 Nadine Shames P...

Nov 10, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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A new free film every Sunday! Tour the far reaches of global cinema through films created or chosen by the IWP Fall Residents. Free and open to the public, just like the rest of IWP's events. Stay for a Q&A after the screening.  Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores (dir. Suzuki Yoi, Japan, 2019) Produced and presented by ARAI Takako (poetry; Japan) who has published three poetry collections, including Tamashii dansu [Soul Dance] which won the 2008 Oguma Hideo Prize. Since 1998,...

Nov 11, 2019

Nov 11, 2019

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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Cristiane Sobral was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1974. Primarily known as a playwright, she is the author of three books of poetry, including Nao Vou Mais Lavar os Pratos (Editora Thesaurus, 2010). A member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, she received the 2017 FAC Prize for Afro-Brazilian Culture. She lives in Brasília, Brazil.  This lecture will be in Portuguese with English translation.

Nov 15, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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The closing chapter of our weekly community conversation panel series is an opportunity to hear the Residents' belief, but often poignant, observations, in an 'open mic' format, on their experiences in the United States. 

Dec 6, 2019

Dec 6, 2019

7:00 PM

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Nonfiction Writing Program alum M. Randal O'Wain will read from his latest book, Meander Belt (University of Nebraska Press), at 7pm on December 6th at Prairie Lights Books. This reading is part of The Krause Series in Contemporary Nonfiction.