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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    November 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    John D’Agata will present a reading from the new anthology We Might As Well Call It the Lyric Essay by some of its editors; Gemma de Choisy, Larry Ypil, Helen Rubinstein, and Josh Wheeler.

    We Might As Well Call It the Lyric Essay, new from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is an anthology in two sections: one is a straight-up anthology featuring essays selected from Seneca Review by Nonfiction Writing Program students, including work by Anne Carson, Eliot Weinberger, Mary Ruefle, Paul West, and Wayne Koestenbaum; and the second is made up of critical essays and interviews.


    November 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Pushcart prize-winning poet and translator Gillian Conoley will read from her new book of poetry, Peace, from Omnidawn Press, and recent translation of Henri Michaux’s work, Thousand Times Broken, from City Lights Books.

    Written as though at the threshold of a continual co-presence and comingling of peace and war, Peace moves just beyond outrage and anger to bring the reader to revelations and shifts of consciousness, to possible visions and sightings in the shattered yards of the global dream.

    "As a whole, Gillian Conoley’s Peace is a compassionate and coherent plea for contemporary humanity to accept the principles of love and non-violence which guided Gandhi and Martin Luther King . . . Reading these poems is a life-altering experience." —Sonja James

    Thousand Times Broken, a work that brings together three previously untranslated books composed during the Belgian-born writer Henri Michaux’s mescaline experiments, engages a dynamic struggle between the mark and the word as Michaux searches for a medium up to the task of expressing the inexpressible.  

    Conoley is the author of seven poetry collections. Her work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a NEA grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. Conoley has taught as a visiting writer at University of Denver, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Tulane University, and Vermont College. Editor and founder of Volt magazine, she is Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University.