Iowa City poet James McKean will read from his new collection of essays, Bound. McKean is the author of three books of poems; Headlong, Tree of Heaven, and We Are the Bus; and a book of essays, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports.
This new book of essays, Bound, reveals stories of the remarkable women in McKean’s life who survived their time and place, creating a legacy of grit and independence, vulnerability and pain that was never talked about. Revisiting these stories has drawn Jim McKean back into the family of women who raised him, stories that bind his and their worlds together.
James Mckean earned an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the University of Iowa. A professor emeritus at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he teaches for the Queens University low-residency MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.