April 6, 2016 - 6:00pm
Prairie Lights

Nationally acclaimed Iowa City Poets Robyn Schiff and Mark Levine will read from their highly anticipated new books. This special 6pm event is co-sponsored with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The University of Iowa’s English Department and the Mission Creek Festival.

Robyn Schiff will read from A Woman of Property, her third collection. Located in a menacing, gothic landscape, the poems that comprise A Woman of Property draw formal and imaginative boundaries against boundless mortal threat. “I see everything differently now that I’ve experienced this world.  Nobody writes like Robyn Schiff: her brilliance is singular, her vision compound.” —Brenda Shaughnessy

Schiff is the author of Revolver and Worth, and the chapbook Novel Influenza. Her honors include an award from the Academy of American Poets Greenwall Fund and inclusion in the Poetry Society of America’s 2007 Festival of New American Poets.  She is a co-editor at Canarium Books and teaches Creative Writing in The English Department of The University of Iowa.

Mark Levine will read from Travels of Marco, a searing, inventive, darkly funny collection. “Mark Levine’s Travels of Marco is eerie and tough; stopping just short of elegy, his lyrics disgorge a feeling they’re too strong to name . . . These poems make me sad, they make me laugh, they kind of kill me. Do I understand them? I don’t know. They haunt me.” —Ariana Reines

Mark Levine is the author of Debt, Enola Gay, and The Wilds, and a book of nonfiction, F5. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, an NEA grant, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton. He is on the permanent poetry faculty of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop.