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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    October 20, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Laura Apol will read from her moving new collection of poems, Requiem, Rwanda. The book has its roots in 2006, when the author made her first trip to Rwanda. Apol worked with Rwandan and American colleagues on a writing-for-healing project using narrative writing with young survivors of the 1994 genocide. During the time she spent leading workshops and in later visits, Apol wrote her own poems, which are accounts of a people post-genocide; where their stories go, how they reenter their lives, and how a country that has been deeply wounded by its history continues on.    

    Laura Apol is the author of Crossing the Ladder of the Sun, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. She is Associate Professor of Education at Michigan State University.


    October 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Eddie Moore and  Marguerite W. Penick-Parks will talk about their book, Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories. Everyday White People is a collection of stories by white activists who explore what is entailed in developing a white anti-racist identity.

    Dr. Eddie Moore is the founder of America & MOORE, LLC, which provides diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops. He is the Founder and Program Director for the White Privilege Conference, which has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership. Dr. Moore has served as Director of Diversity at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY and The Bush School in Seattle, Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Education Leadership.

    Dr. Marguerite Penick-Park’s work centers on issues of power, privilege and oppression in relationship to issues of curriculum with a special emphasis on the incorporation of quality literature. She appears in the movie Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible by the World Trust Organization. She has taught at an inner-city high school, and currently serves as Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.


    October 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Award-winning journalist Michele Weldon will talk about her new book, Escape Points, a beguiling memoir of raising three competitive wrestler sons alone in the face of cancer, an ambitious career, and the shadow of an abusive ex-husband. Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of  a complicated life of long daily commutes, radiation treatments, and the boys all-consuming high school wrestling careers.

    Michele Weldon, a journalist for more than 35 years, is an assistant professor emerita at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a senior leader with the OpEd Project. She is the author of I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman,  Everyman News, winner of the National Federation of Press Women’s Best Nonfiction Book Award; and Writing to Save Your Life. She has written regularly for the Chicago Tribune and numerous major newspapers. She lives in the Chicago area.

    Escape Points is the riveting memoir of a mother and her sons, a compelling story of life, love, and family, told through the prism of the sport they adore, wrestling. Michele Weldon is a beautiful writer. This is a beautiful story.” —Christine Brennan


    October 24, 2015 - 2:00pm

    Prairie Lights

    Investigative journalist Ari Berman will read from his new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Berman takes the reader from the The Voting Rights Act in 1965 and demonstrations of the civil rights era to the halls of Congress and the chambers of the Supreme Court. At this important moment in history, Give Us the Ballot provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.

    Ari Berman is a political correspondent for The Nation and an investigative journalism Fellow at the Nation Institute. He is the author of Herding Donkeys, his writing has appeared in The New York Times and Rolling Stone, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and NPR. He lives in New York City.

    ``Illuminating . . . Berman removes the facade of intellectual honesty — where voting-rights opponents even bothered to make an argument — and lays bare the many, many ways to game the outcome of an election.``—Chicago Tribune