Prairie Lights

Live From Prairie Lights

Archive“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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  • LAUREN HALDEMAN & BRIDGETTE BATES

    November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Writers’ Workshop graduates Lauren Haldeman and Bridgette Bates will read from their new books of poetry published by Rescue Press.

    Lauren Haldeman will work from her inventive debut, Calenday. These poems travel the sleep-deprived, hallucinogenic landscape of parenting a newborn—from the otherworldly process of giving birth to the strangeness of extra-physical connection, they build worlds in miniature and madcap and address the tiers of grief that accompany tragic and bewildering loss.

    Haldeman works as the web developer, web designer, and editor for the Writing University website at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Review, as well as several other websites. Haldeman has been a finalist for the Walt Whitman award and the Colorado Prize for Poetry. She lives in Iowa City.

    Bridgette Bates will read from What Is Not Missing Is Light, winner of the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize selected by Heather Christle. In What Is Not Missing Is Light, shards of history are sharpened against the imagined experience of various—crumbling, complex, disfigured, celebrated, striking—muses; some statues, some legend, some surfacing from memory.

    Bates' poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, VERSE, and elsewhere. Recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Boston Review Discovery Prize, she lives in Los Angeles where she is the writer-in-residence at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and a frequent features contributor to the Kirkus Reviews. 

  • JOSEPH DOBRIAN

    November 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Local author Joseph Dobrian will read from his new novel, Ambitions.

    Ambitions  is family drama, set in the fictional town of State City, Iowa. State City is Iowa City with a twist: Instead of having been designated by UNESCO as a “City of Literature,” State City is a “City of Music,” and State University’s School of Music is world-renowned. 

    Ambitions tells the story of Christine Wainwright—a teenaged girl who blossoms into a potentially world-class singer—and her troubled relationship with her family. When Christine disappears, suspicion falls on the Wainwrights' scheming neighbor, and the unfolding mystery reveals the true story behind the family’s respectable façade: a convoluted saga of unwanted children, disastrous marriages, romantic double-crosses, and domestic plots and counter-plots. 

     Dobrian is the author of the novel Willie Wilden and the essay collection Seldom Right But Never In Doubt. He grew up in Iowa City and moved back in 2010 after spending most of his adult life in New York City where he worked as a freelance journalist and political activist.