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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  • ASHTON APPLEWHITE

    September 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    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

  • KIM ADDONIZIO

    September 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    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.