Live From Prairie Lights

"Live from Prairie Lights” is an internationally known readings series, which features some of the best up-and-coming and well-established authors & poets from all over the globe. Presented before a live audience and streamed over the world wide web, this long running series brings the spoken word from the bookstore to the masses. Most readings begin @ 7:00 p.m. Arrive early to assure yourself a seat.

The Writing University live streams many of our readings here.
The Live from Prairie Lights audio archive is available here.
Iowa City PATV has a video archive of readings located here.
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    December 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Lucy Jane Bledsoe will read from her historical novel, A Thin Bright Line. Based on a true story, A Thin Bright Line “merges fact and fiction to create a historically accurate picture of the struggles faced by LGBT people in the 1950s and '60s; the closeting that was required for professional advancement; and the ways the Cold War pitted pure science against research to benefit the defense industry." (Kirkus Reviews)

    Bledsoe is the author of The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica, This Wild Silence, and Working Parts. She is a Pushcart nominee and has traveled to Antarctica three times, as a two-time recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowship and once as a guest on a Russian ship. A native of Portland, Oregon, she lives in Berkeley, California.

    “This is gripping historical fiction about queer life at the height of the Cold War and the civil rights movement, and its grounding in fact really makes it sing.” —Alison Bechdel


    December 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Grinnell College associate professor Theresa Geller will talk about her new book,
    The X Files.

    With The X Files’ return to television as an "event series" in 2016, Geller offers a timely assessment of the show's cultural relevance and social significance. For nine seasons, The X Files broke new ground in complex narrative television by integrating science fiction and horror with the forensic investigation of the detective genre. Shaped by the conspiracy films of the 1970’s, the series had the ability to comment on the contemporary political climate one week and poke fun at its own self-seriousness the next. Fans of the show, as well as readers interested in cultural studies, genre criticism, race and ethnicity, fan studies, social commentary, and gender studies will be interested in this!

    Theresa L. Geller is associate professor of film theory and history at Grinnell College and was recently a Mellon research fellow at Yale University. She has contributed to several scholarly publications, including Camera Obscura, Spectator, Frontiers, Biography, Rhizomes, and Senses
    of Cinema.