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Graphic Histories: A Discussion with Rachel Williams and Karlos Hill promotional image

Graphic Histories: A Discussion with Rachel Williams and Karlos Hill

Thursday, April 15, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm
Two scholar-artists will share their experience with translating historical research to a graphic form. Rachel Williams recently published two books, Run Home If You Don't Want to Be Killed: The Detroit Uprising of 1943 (University of North Carolina Press), which uses incorporating firsthand accounts collected by the NAACP, and Elegy for Mary Turner (Penguin Randomhouse), a haunting depiction of American racial violence and lynching. Hill, who directs the African and African American Studies…

Maria Kuznetsova in conversation with Anna Bruno

Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:00pm
Please join us to celebrate the release of Maria Kuznetsova's Something Unbelievable with a reading and conversation with fellow Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate, Anna Bruno.   Julia Phillips, author of National Book Award Finalist Disappearing Earth says of the book, "Something Unbelievable gives you things hilarious, things heartbreaking, things gorgeous and perfect and irresistible on every page. This novel crosses generations, oceans, and empires but never misses a step. It is one more…

Andrea Bajani in conversation with Nick Flynn

Friday, April 16, 2021 7:00pm
Please join us for a reading and conversation with Andrea Bajani to celebrate the release of If You Kept a Record of Sins. He will be joined in conversation with poet and memoirist Nick Flynn. Anderson Tepper, The New York Times calls If You Kept a Record of Sins, "A slim, astonishing book . . . Bajani etches an impressionistic portrait of a young man — like the foreign city outside his window — trapped in a shadow land between past and present.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) says, “After…

Hanif Abdurraqib - Armando “Mando” Alters Montaño ‘12 Memorial Lecture: Writers @ Grinnell

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 7:00pm
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright…

Kim Addonizio and Kate Lebo

Friday, April 23, 2021 7:00pm
Please join us for a reading and conversation with Kim Addonizio and Kate Lebo to celebrate the release of their new books, Now We're Getting Somewhere and The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writing for The New York Times, says, ‘Kim Addonizio’s poetry gives me physical energy, particularly ‘For Desire’ and 'What Do Women Want?' – Kim Addonizio’seighth poetry collection isNow We’re GettingSomewhere(W.W. Norton,March 2021). She has…
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Local Libraries LIT: Roxane Gay

Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Roxane Gay is a bestselling, award-winning author, professor, editor, and social commentator. Local Libraries LIT is thrilled to present Roxane Gay during a unique hour-long online program featuring a reading of her work and opportunity to interact.  Roxane Gay won the Paul Engle Prize presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature in 2016. She is the author of several bestsellers, including Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, and Hunger. She is also the first Black woman to become a lead…

UI Arts Share Presents: Writers Unmuffled

Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:00pm
Please stay tuned for a link to register. UI Arts Share, a program in the Office of Community Engagement, is presenting a virtual student reading, Writers Unmuffled, Thursday, April 29 @ 7pm. During this Zoom event, five University of Iowa graduate student writers (from a variety of genres), will each give a five to eight minute reading and will field questions from the Zoom audience. Come join us as these writers allow their imagination to unmask for an evening of thought provoking readings!
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