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Episode 5: Interview with Bennett Sims

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Today's episode is a discussion with Bennett Sims about his new collection Other Minds and Other Stories, which was published in November 2023 by Two Dollar Radio., and his process, inspiration and writing life.
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Kristin Lansing-Stoeffler - 'The Shadows Could Not Reach Her'

Thursday, June 13, 2024 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Kristin Lansing-Stoeffler will read from The Shadows Could Not Reach Her, published by Ice Cube Press. The Shadows Could Not Reach Her is a study of meaning-making in the form of essays, poems, and paintings. A lifelong artist, Lansing-Stoeffler was born and raised in Iowa and grew up visiting farms in Northeast Iowa, where her family hails from. It was this place, and these people, that inspired her to paint landscapes. “I knew what a traditional landscape should look like, but I hoped that I...

Kathy Taylor - 'The Birthing House'

Friday, June 14, 2024 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Please join us with former Iowa Citian, Kathy Taylor, who will read from her novel, The Birthing House. This literary historical novel follows a woman’s journey of healing and discovery through her writing. It features explorations of heart, mind, and body, richly textured with friendships, memories, dreams, and layers of history. Two timelines alternate, twenty years apart. Synopsis: In 1980, after a recent miscarriage, Clare Muller arrives in the fairytale town of Marburg, Germany with her...

Taylor Bradley reading

Monday, June 17, 2024 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Poet/playwright/photographer Taylor Bradley will read from her memoir, No Place Like House. "My world was ending. It was 2018 and all of California was on fire." During the next two years, Taylor spent her days searching for a soft place to rest her head at night, sleeping mostly in cars, hotels, and other people's houses. She made her way across the country three times, and even found herself in London for a bit. There's No Place Like House is a true story of an adventure across America...
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Rita Dove

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1977.

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