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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    April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Writers from the 37th issue of Earthwords, The University of Iowa’s oldest undergraduate literary magazine, will read from their new issue featuring the best in undergraduate fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, photography and art from student writers across campus. Reception to follow in the café.


    April 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Dr. Terry Wahls will talk about the long awaited follow-up and supplement to The Wahls Protocol: The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions. The Wahls Protocol has become a sensation, transforming the lives of people who suffer from autoimmune disorders. Dr. Wahls will share the essential Paleo-inspired recipes needed to reduce and often eliminate chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, and other symptoms related to autoimmune problems, neurological diseases, and other chronic conditions. She will talk about cooking on a budget, reducing food waste, celebrating the holidays without compromising health, and share tips to empower people to make lasting changes and finally reclaim their health. "Based on Dr. Wahls' pioneering research, this empowering, easy-to-use cookbook will transform the health of anyone suffering from autoimmune disease." —Mark Hyman

    Terry L. Wahls, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She conducts clinical research studying the use of diet and lifestyle interventions in autoimmune and other chronic disease states. Her current clinical trial featuring the Wahls Paleo Diet received the support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her wife.


    April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Nickolas Butler and Kevin Allardice will read from their new fiction.

    Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate Nickolas Butler will read from The Hearts of Men. Set in a Boy Scout summer camp, “Butler’s latest delves into the meaning of loyalty and friendship, how some rise to life’s challenges while others fail... Fans of Butler’s award-winning Shotgun Lovesongs will welcome this impressive work with an outstanding ensemble cast. Top of the class for Butler on this one.” —Library Journal (starred review)

    Butler is the author of the novel Shotgun Lovesongs and the short story collection Beneath the Bonfire. He lives in Wisconsin.

    Kevin Allardice will read from Family, Genus, Species, his satirical novel centered around the pressures of modern family life, from urban organics to political tracking apps to the inscrutable rules of preschool birthday events. "Kevin Allardice harnesses his great powers of description and ingenious sense of narrative for this viciously funny satire, Family Genus Species. Laurence Sterne would have been proud to call Mr. Allardice a descendent." —Michael Kimball

    Pushcart Prize nominee Kevin Allardice is the author of the novel Any Resemblance to Actual Persons, and his short stories have appeared in The Santa Monica Review, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, and The North American Review. He lives in Berkeley, California.