Friday, May 3, 2019

With LitCity Lore, we periodically feature a story from our new LitCity website, which maps unique Iowa City literary stories to the locations where writers lived, worked, gave readings, socialized and were inspired by the town.


This week we are highlighting poet Cathy Park Hong’s 2012 reading with Joyelle McSweeney at Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City.

In this recording from the University of Iowa Digital Archive, poets Cathy Park Hong and Joyelle McSweeney read from their newest collections at Prairie Lights Bookstore. Hong reads from Engine Empire, a trilogy of lyric and narrative poems —three distinct yet interconnected sequences— that explore the collective consciousness of fictionalized boomtowns in order to explore the mythology of prosperity.

Listen to this reading and more at the LitCity website.