Journalist and debut memoirist Lyz Lenz will read from God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America. She will be joined in a conversation by the Nonfiction Writing Program’s Kerry Howley. “God Land is a remarkable work of reporting, memoir, and cultural criticism―a blazingly intelligent book exploring the ways that faith can both create and scatter communities in America . . . by turns brutal, lyrical, Biblical, and richly comic . . . offers a frank and perceptive analysis of what is broken, and will remain broken, among communities of faith in the Midwest and across the country.” —Ted Scheinman
Lyz Lenz is a contributing writer for the Columbia Journalism Review. Her essays and journalism have been published in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, and more. She also has an essay in the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay. Lenz holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She lives in Cedar Rapids.