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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  • IWP Presents Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience

    July 19, 2020 - 8:00am

    Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

    To access this virtual Zoom event, register here.

    The International Writing Program presents prize-winning authors, Rumena Bužarovska, Mary Hickman, Shandana Minhas, and Vladimir Poleganov, current faculty for Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience, a youth writing and cultural exchange session with participants from twenty countries. BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience is sponsored through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department. Programming partners include the University of Iowa and Prairie Lights Bookstore.

    Rumena Bužarovska (1981, Skopje, Macedonia) has authored four short story collections in Macedonian as well as a study on humor in contemporary American and Macedonian short fiction. She is a literary translator from English into Macedonian, having translated authors such as J.M Coetzee, Lewis Carroll, and Truman Capote. In 2016 she was selected as one of the Ten New Voices of Europe by Literary Europe Live of Literature Across Frontiers, she is the 2017 winner of the regional Edo Budiša prize awarded by the Istria County in Croatia, and in 2018 she was a Fall Resident at the International Writing Program. She is co-initiator and co-organizer of the PeachPreach women’s storytelling event in Macedonia and associate professor of American literature at the State University in Skopje.  

    Mary Hickman was born in Idaho and grew up in China and Taiwan. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Hickman is the author of two books of poems, This Is the Homeland (Ahsahta Press, 2015) and Rayfish (Omnidawn Publishing, 2017), which won the James Laughlin Award, given by the Academy of American Poets and chosen by Ellen Bass, Jericho Brown, and Carmen Giménez Smith. An assistant professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, she also teaches in (and loves!) the University of Iowa International Writing Program’s Between the Lines exchange program. This summer she is grooving to the new Fiona Apple record, going for walks in a cemetery near her house, and feeding the wild rabbits in her backyard.

    Shandana Minhas was born in Karachi in 1975. She is the author of the novels Tunnel Vision, Survival Tips for Lunatics, Daddy’s Boy, and the novella Rafina. Her essays, columns, and short fiction have appeared in publications including EPW, Herald, DAWN, IQ, and the Griffith Review. She was an IWP Fall Resident in 2013, and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.Vladimir Poleganov is a Bulgarian writer, translator, and screenwriter. An author of a collection of stories, [The Deconstruction of Thomas S] (2013), and a novel, [The Other Dream] (2016), which won the 2017 Helikon Award for Best Fiction Book, he has translated Thomas Pynchon, George Saunders, Octavia E. Butler, and Peter Beagle into Bulgarian, and is a co-editor of the first anthology of critical writings on Bulgarian Diabolism. He was an IWP Fall Resident in 2016.

  • Andrew Martin in conversation with Brandon Taylor

    July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

    Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

    Please join us for a virtual reading with Andrew Martin, author of the new collection of overlapping stories Cool for America.

    For the link to access the event, register here.

    Kirkus Reviews has said of Cool for America: "Martin has emerged as a leading chronicler of millennial ennui in contemporary America . . . [his] writing is as light and lively as his characters are frozen and hesitant. Frequently hilarious, Martin’s stories are insightful, and the characters are both truthful and authentic."

    Andrew Martin's first novel Early Work was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and a finalist for the Cabell First Novelist Award. His stories and essays have been published in The Paris ReviewThe New York Review of BooksHarper’s, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. He lives in New York with his partner, Laura, and their dog, Bonnie. 

    He will be joined in conversation by Brandon Taylor, author of the novel Real Life, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed Reader, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gay Mag, The New Yorker online, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. He is the senior editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Lit Hub. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow.   

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