7:30 pm19:30

Drop the Mic in Cedar Rapids


A Monthly Event of Live Lit Spoken Word . Poetry . Stories . Readings .

Join us on the third Wednesday of each month for a top-of-the-show blast of open mic literary awesomeness followed by an electric super-hour of our featured wordsmiths sharing the spotlight with some of the best musicians around. We're dishing up the best of live poetry, spoken word, fiction, non-fiction, and creative storytelling. We're always mixing it up. Join us for these lively evenings of hilarious, compelling, beautiful, poignant words & music. 

1:00 pm13:00

Goldie's Club at the Iowa State Historical Museum

Click the chick for deets

Click the chick for deets

We'll be crowd-sourcing poems about the robin at Goldie's Kid's Club, June 7, 1-3 p.m. Goldie's Kid's Club is the NEW State Historical Museum of Iowa club featuring mascot Goldie the goldfinch, as well as Goldie's Flight Path, a passport-like activity for families that involves all of our historic sites and museums. Cool! Their summer break programming is drop-in for families with children of all ages. How fun!

Apr 10

Past Events

IYWP's Junior High Writing Conference in Iowa City
Eight Poets for National Poetry Month at Artisan Gallery 218
KHOI's "Pantorium Series" with Ned Balbo and Heather Derr-Smith
Iowa Arts Council's "Meet the Artists" Series in Sioux City
Taproom Series in Lawrence, Kansas with Crystal Boson & Pete Fey
Poetry Out Loud Iowa State Finals
Iowa Arts Council's "Meet the Artists" Series in Dubuque
The Iowa Arts Council's Meet the Artist series in Coralville
AWP 2017: "Arsenic Icing: Sentiment as Threat in Contemporary American Women's Poetry"      with Vievee Francis, Cate Marvin, Erin Belieu and Brenda Shaughnessy
Writer's Resist at Beaverdale Books
The Iowa Arts Council's Meet the Artist series in Osceola
Iowa City Book Festival
Iowa Bird of Mouth Launch Party at the Ames Public Library
The Poetry Extension with Salena Godden, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Sarah Howe, Kathryn Maris & Andrew McMillan
Berl's Books with Natalie Eilbert, Sharon Mesmer & Jason Scheiderman
The Pen + Brush Series with Laura Sims & Carey McHugh
The Bryant Park Reading Series in NYC with Ada Limón & Jason Schneiderman
The Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival
The Ames Public Library with Ada Limón, Spring 2016
DMACC Lit Festival, Spring 2016
Monsters of Poetry series, Spring 2016
Woodland Pattern in MKE, Spring 2016
Shippensburg University, Spring 2016
Florida State University, Spring 2016
Prairie Lights with Johannes Göransson, Spring 2016
Midwest Writing Center, Fall 2015
Dead Media in Minneapolis, Fall 2015
Twin Cities Book Festival, Fall 2015
LitCrawl PDX, Fall 2015
Central Washington University, Fall 2015
Goldsmiths College, University of London, Spring 2015
The Taproom Poetry Series in Lawrenceville, Kansas, Spring 2015
The Observable Reading Series in St. Louis, Spring 2015
Otis College of Design in Los Angeles, Spring 2015
The Dollhouse Reading Series in Chicago, Winter 2015
Grossmont College Literary Festival, San Diego, Spring 2014
Ball State University, with Ada Limón, Spring 2014
Virginia Tech Glossolalia Literary Festival, Spring 2014
Iowa State University, Spring 2014
Kansas City Art Institute’s A Common Sense Reading Series with Rauan Klassik, Spring 2014
The Getty Museum, “Six Impossible Things, A Night of Poetry for Abelardo Morell” with Amber Tamblyn and Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Fall 2013
The Norwood Club with Amber Tamblyn and Derrick Brown, Fall 2013
Berl’s Books, Brooklyn, Fall 2013
Bloome Country Arts Council, 2013
Mission Creek Festival with Patricia Smith, Spring 2013
The National Arts Club, Spring 2013
The New York Poetry Festival, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
University of Kansas, Fall 2012
White Swallow Reading Series, Cornelia Street Café, Fall 2012
Page Meets Stage Reading Series, Fall 2012
The Polestar Reading Series, Cakeshop, Spring 2012
The Hammer Museum with Sarah Manguso, Spring 2011
For The Best American Poetry 2011 book launch with Kevin Young, Major Jackson, Katha Pollitt, James Richardson, Patricia Smith, Gerald Stern and Mark Strand, Fall 2011
Spring Poetry Forum, The New School, Fall 2011
New York University Alumni Reading with Kathleen Graber, Kazim Ali, Ada Limón, Gregory Pardlo and Jason Schneiderman, Fall 2011
New York University Emerging Writer’s series, Fall 2011
San Diego Writer’s Ink series, Fall 2011
Spring Poetry Forum, The New School, Spring 2011
For the anthology Seriously Funny (University of Georgia Press, 2010) with Albert Goldbarth, David Kirby and Mark Halliday, Associated Writing Programs Conference, Spring 2011
Clemson University Literary Festival with Rick Moody, Spring 2010                        
University of San Francisco's Emerging Writer's Festival, Spring 2010
Emory University, Fall 2010
Ball State University, Fall 2010
LIT Magazine launch party for issue 17, Spring 2010                              
“Influence: Literary Influence Beyond Books, Literary Community Beyond the Living” with Zadie Smith, Pratt Institute, Spring 2009
The Adult Education Series, Spring 2009
Bryant Park’s Word for Word Summer Reading Series with James Tate, Spring 2009
Projection Reading Series with Nick Flynn, Brooklyn, Spring 2009
An Actual Kansas Series, Spring 2008
Bryant Park’s Word for Word Summer Reading Series, Spring 2008
Ball State University, Spring 2008
Emory University, Spring 2008
Southern Oregon University, Spring 2008
For The Best American Erotic Poems book launch, Fall 2008
Long Island University, Fall 2008
Just Buffalo Small Press Reading Series, Spring 2007
For Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to Present book launch, Fall 2007|
Florida State University, Fall 2007        
The Vox Reading Series, Fall 2007
University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2006                    
For The Best American Poetry 2006 book launch with Billy Collins, Fall 2006
University of Texas at Austin , Fall 2006
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Fall 2006
Wesleyan University, Fall 2006
Davidson College, Fall 2005
Emory University, Fall 2005
Ball State University, Fall 2005
The Green Mill, Chicago, Fall 2005
Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, Fall 2005
The Trampoline Hall Series, Spring 2004