September 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Iowa City playwright and director Sean Lewis will talk about his new graphic novel illustrated by artist Benjamin Mackey, Saints: The Book of Blaise. Critically lauded, this is the story of a group of misfits who discover themselves to be the reincarnations of Catholic Saints. They find they must put aside their differences to battle the fallen angel Michael and his army of Doomsday Zealots. Humor and Heavy Metal combine in this audacious drama for adults.

    Sean Lewis’ plays have been produced the United States and Europe winning the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, the Barrymore Award, the Smith Prize and many more. His work has been published in the NY Times Sunday Magazine, the Huffington Post, and heard on NPR’S This American Life. He is the Artistic Director of Working Group Theater and Riverside Theater. This will be an in-conversation event with Tim Budd.

  • IWP Reading

    September 18, 2016 - 4:00pm

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    Rebecca Hanssens-Reed is an MFA candidate in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Washington Square Review, Asymptote, MISTRESS, The Saint Ann’s Review, and elsewhere. Her translation of the novel Gelsomina Inside the White Madhouses, by Margarita Mateo Palmer, is forthcoming from Cubanabooks Press. 

    Courtney Sina MEREDITH (poet, playwright, fiction writer, musician; New Zealand) published her award-winning play Rushing Dolls in 2012; a poetry collection, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick, appeared the same year. Her new book of short stories, Tail of the Taniwha, came out in August 2016. Her writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, French and Bahasa Indonesia. Her participation is made possible by Creative New Zealand.

    Khaled ALKHAMISSI (fiction writer, nonfiction writer; Egypt) is the founder and president of the Quena storytelling festival and the Mansoura literary festival.  His 2007 collection Taxi: Cabbie Talk has been translated into 21 languages, including English; his novel [Noah’s Ark] appeared in 2009, and was followed, in 2014, by the non-fiction 2011. He is extensively involved in organizing public events to promote Arab and Egyptian literatures, cinemas, and culture. His participation is made possible by the Paul and Hualing Engle Fund.



    September 18, 2016 - 1:00pm

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    Christine Whelan will talk about her new book, The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life. The Big Picture is a guide for young adults to figure out what matters—and how to make it happen—by embracing a purpose mindset and connecting to something bigger.

    Dr. Whelan teaches at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and is the author of Generation WTF, Marry Smart, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. 


    September 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Award-winning poet and novelist Kim Addonizio will read from her memoir in essays, Bukowski in a Sundress. Described by Refinery29 as, “Somewhere between Jo Ann Beard’s The Boys of My Youth and Amy Schumer’s stand-up exists Kim Addonizio’s style of storytelling: In her prose as in her poetry, she is at once biting and vulnerable, nostalgic without ever veering off into sentimentality, and delightfully contradictory in every way." She will also read from her new poetry collection, Mortal Trash. “Kim Addonizio’s voice lifts from the page, alive and biting—unleashing wit with a ruthless observation.”—San Francisco Book Review

    Kim Addonizio has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award, and she has won Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and prose. She divides her time between New York City and the Bay Area.


    September 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Author, activist, and expert on aging, Ashton Applewhite will talk about her new book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Ashton Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, NPR, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely, has written for Harper’s and Playboy, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    "Wow. This book totally rocks. It arrived on a day when I was in deep confusion and sadness about my age—62. Everything about it, from my invisibility to my neck. Within four or five wise, passionate pages, I had found insight, illumination and inspiration. I never use the word empower, but this book has empowered me." — Anne Lamott

  • IWP Reading

    September 11, 2016 - 4:00pm

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    September 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Linda Egenes, Adjunct Associate Professor of Writing at the Maharishi University of Management, will read from The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki's Ancient Epic--Complete and Comprehensive. One of the world's most hallowed works of sacred literature, The Ramayana has greatly influenced art and culture in India. The story of the bowman Rama and his struggles with evil, power, duplicity, and avarice animates timeless themes of good and evil. This lyrical new retelling by Linda Egenes and Kamuda Reddy has been updated for modern readers.

    Linda Egenes, MA, is the author of five books about the benefits of meditation, yoga, and healthy living, as well as three books with Kumuda Reddy, M.D. She has been a practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1971 and certified teacher since 1975, and lives in Fairfield.


    September 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Writers’ Workshop graduate Whitney Terrell will read from his novel, The Good Lieutenant.  “With The Good Lieutenant, Terrell has unwound the myths of one of our most encrusted literary forms―the war novel… It opens in conflagration―everything having gone wrong for Lieutenant Emma Fowler in one explosive instant―and from there the mystery of how we got to this disastrous moment unfolds backward, Memento­-like, as we watch Emma become more innocent, her life more full of hope and possibility, with each day less of war that she has experienced. This is brilliant, bold, heartbreaking storytelling.” ―Adam Johnson

    Whitney Terrell is the author of The Huntsman, a New York Times notable book, and The King of Kings County. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, and NPR. He teaches creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


    September 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

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    Rae Meadows will read from her new novel of survival in the Dust Bowl, I Will Send Rain.  "In I Will Send Rain you'll find compassion, heartbreak, and not a word out of place. Meadows shares with John Steinbeck not just a gigantic empathy but a gigantic storytelling gift. This is a novel where love and laughter abide." ―Darin Strauss

    Meadows is the author of Calling Out, No One Tells Everything, and the widely praised novel, Mercy Train. I Will Send Rain is based on extensive research on the Dust Bowl, the Oklahoma Panhandle, and the photographer Dorothea Lange. Meadows lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Dean Bakopoulos will read from his novel of the hot-and-humid-contemporary-Collegiate Midwest, Summerlong. In a starred review, Booklist says, "Tennessee Williams has nothing on Bakopoulos when it comes to marital and moral dissipation.... A sure hit with fans of the three Jonathans: Dee, Franzen, and Tropper."

    Bakopoulos is the author of Please Don't Come Back from the Moon and My American Unhappiness. He has received NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. He is the writer-in-residence at Grinnell College in Iowa.

  • IWP Reading

    September 4, 2016 - 4:00pm

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    Come to hear and meet writers from all over the world!