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Brian Blanchfield & Kevin Brockmeier Reading

Poet and essayist Brian Blanchfield and fiction writer Kevin Brockmeier, will read from their work on Wednesday, April 12, at 8pm, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. 

Brian Blanchfield is a visiting professor at the Writers' Workshop for the Spring, 2017 semester, and  is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies, published by Nightboat Books in 2016, forthcoming from Picador UK in 2017. 

His first two books are collections of poetry: Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A Several World, (Nightboat Books, 2014), which received the 2014 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry.

His poetry and prose have appeared in Harper’sThe NationChicago ReviewBOMBThe Brooklyn RailLana TurnerThe Paris Review, Brick, Conjunctions, Guernica, StoryQuarterly, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other journals and magazines. Two long sequences—one poetry, one prose—are available as chapbooks: The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (Spork Press, 2013) and Correction. (Essay Press, 2016). He is the recipient of a 2015-16 Howard Foundation Fellowship.

Kevin Brockmeier is also visiting professor at the Writers' Workshop for the Spring, 2017 semester. His most recent work is the memoir, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, and he is the author of the novels, The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and, The Truth About Celia; the story collections, Things That Fall from the Sky, and, The View from the Seventh Layer; and the children’s novels, City of Names, and, Grooves: A Kind of Mystery. 

His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He has published his stories in The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope, Tin House, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has recieved the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards, the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. In 2007, he was named one of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists. 

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 the Writers’ Workshop in advance at (319) 335-0416.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:00pm

Dey House
507 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa

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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Iowa Writers' Workshop

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Arts Iowa, Writing


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Connie Brothers

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