July 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Iowa Summer Writing Festival Instructors Charles Holdefer and Anthony Varallo will read from their new short story collections. 

Charles Holdefer will read from his darkly humorous collection of short fiction, Dick Cheney in Shorts. These stories comprise an esoteric and entirely fictional account of the imaginary formative years of America’s notorious Vice President.  

Pushcart Prize-winner Charles Holdefer is the author of novels including Apology for Big Rod, and In The Game. He grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Sorbonne. His short fiction has appeared in the New England Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Los Angeles Review, The Antioch Review, l’Oeil du Spectateur,  and the New York Journal of Books. He currently teaches at the University of Poitiers, France.

Anthony Varallo will read from his new story collection, Everyone Was There, winner of the Elixir Press 2016 Fiction Award. Christine Sneed says, “In so many of these stories, Anthony Varallo does something both rare and wonderful: he manages to be both funny and profound. Here you’ll meet the life of the party who’s secretly miserable and reconnect with the popular kids you knew in high school who now find themselves stalled out in melancholy middle age, their children and the world seemingly uninterested in them . . . there is so much here that I admired and enjoyed.”

Anthony Varallo is the author of This Day in History, Out Loud, and Think of Me and I'll Know. Currently he is an Associate Professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.