Feb
28
5:00 pm17:00

Iowa Arts Council's "Meet the Artists" Series in Coralville

Join us for a one hour artist talk including the 2016 Iowa Arts Council Fellows Stephanie Brunia, Brent Holland, Jennifer Knox, Akwi Nji, and Yun Shin followed by a one hour casual reception for attendees and artists.

Coralville Center for Performing Arts

Coralville Center for Performing Arts

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If you combined the talents of the latest batch of Iowa Arts Council Fellows into a single artist, that person could photograph their own spoken-word performance, which was inspired by a drawing they made to illustrate one of their poems.

Fortunately, all that creative firepower belongs not to a single artist but five, who will crisscross the state over the next few months.

Photographer Stephanie Brunia of Oxford, multimedia artist Brent Holland of Des Moines, writer and poet Jennifer Knox of Nevada, performance artist Akwi Nji of Cedar Rapids, and visual artist Yun Shin of Orange City plan to share their work and cross-pollinate their ideas with local artists and arts supporters at five artist talks and public receptions.

At a reception for the 2016 fellows in Sept. 9-11, 2016 at the State Capitol, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds pointed out that Iowa boasts about 5,800 arts-related businesses, which employ almost 23,000 people – including the five new fellows. “We’re proud to support artists who have contributed to the health of our state and demonstrated a commitment to elevating their careers and positively impacting their communities,” she said.

That support includes a $10,000 grant to facilitate new work and a year’s worth of professional development opportunities with local, state and national experts, including staffers from the New York-based Creative Capital team who led a weekend retreat earlier this month in Des Moines.

Apr
1
1:00 pm13:00

Birdapalooza at Story County Conservation

  • McFarland Park

Come enjoy an afternoon all about birds! Go on a guided birding hike, meet a live raptor, create a bird feeding treat and crafts, play some games, and then participate in the Iowa Bird of Mouth project to write and publish a poem! This afternoon of indoor and outdoor activities is fun for all ages, but themed for preschoolers through middle school. This event is free and no registration is required.

Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Iowa Arts Council's "Meet the Artists" Series in Sioux City

Join us for a one hour artist talk including the 2016 Iowa Arts Council Fellows Stephanie Brunia, Brent Holland, Jennifer Knox, Akwi Nji, and Yun Shin followed by a one hour casual reception for attendees and artists.

If you combined the talents of the latest batch of Iowa Arts Council Fellows into a single artist, that person could photograph their own spoken-word performance, which was inspired by a drawing they made to illustrate one of their poems.

Fortunately, all that creative firepower belongs not to a single artist but five, who will crisscross the state over the next few months.

Photographer Stephanie Brunia of Oxford, multimedia artist Brent Holland of Des Moines, writer and poet Jennifer Knox of Nevada, performance artist Akwi Nji of Cedar Rapids, and visual artist Yun Shin of Orange City plan to share their work and cross-pollinate their ideas with local artists and arts supporters at five artist talks and public receptions.

Sioux City Arts Center

Sioux City Arts Center

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Apr
17
8:00 pm20:00

Eight Poets for National Poetry Month at Artisan Gallery 218

Join eight nationally renowed Iowa poets for a celebration of National Poetry Month! The author's books will be for sale. https://www.facebook.com/events/1180214225430064/

Ned Balbo is the recipient of a 2017 Literature in Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His third book, The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press), received the Donald Justice Prize and the Poets' Prize. His newest book is Upcycling Paumanok (Measure Press) & you can find new poems at New Criterion, First Things, Ecotone, and elsewhere. He teaches in ISU's MFA program in creative writing & environment.

Paul Brooke is a Professor of English at Grand View University, where he teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Creative Photography, Introduction to Creative Writing, Interpretation of Literature, Contemporary Literature, Environmental Literature, Major Authors, and Literary Theory. His full-length collection, Light and Matter: Photographs and Poems of Iowa, was published by Campbell & Lewis Publishers in 2008. Meditations on Egrets: Photographs and Poems of Sanibel Island was published 2010 and Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Brazil was published in 2015.

Heather Derr-Smith is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has three books of poetry, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008) and Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016). Her fourth book, Thrust, just won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Prize and will be published with Persea Books in Fall 2017.

Jennifer L. Knox is the author of four books of poems. Her work has appeared four times in The Best American Poetry series as well as in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and American Poetry Review. "The Los Angeles Book Review" said of her most recent book, Days of Shame & Failure, "This panopoly of twenty-first century American human experience leaves the reader a different person." She is the curator of the Iowa Bird of Mouth project and teaches at Iowa State University.

Kyle McCord is the author of six books of poetry including Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016) and Gentle, World, Gentler (Forthcoming from Ampersand 2017). His third book was selected as one of five books of the year by the Poetry Foundation blog. He has work featured in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He holds a degree for an MFA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.

Akwi Nji is a spoken word artist and Founder/Executive Director of The Hook, an 2016 Artist Fellow through the Iowa Arts Council; producer of The NewBo PoJam with SPT Theatre, the largest performance poetry and storytelling event in the Creative Corridor; producer of The Hook's Drop the Mic, ArtLOUD!, #WeAre, and The Living Room Series; and was recently named one of the Corridor Business Journal's Forty Under 40.

Hai-Dang Phan is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing. His poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, jubilat, Prelude, New England Review, and elsewhere. His work has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the American Literary Translators Association, and Grinnell College, where he is currently an assistant professor of English. The author of the chapbook Small Wars (Convulsive Editions, 2016), he is at work on his first collection of poetry.

Brian Spears is the Poetry Editor of The Rumpus, as well as a published poet. His first book, A Witness in Exile, is available from Louisiana Literature Press. He currently lives in Des Moines, where he teaches Creative Writing and Multicultural Literature at Drake University.


Feb
11
10:45 am10:45

AWP 2017: "Arsenic Icing: Sentiment as Threat in Contemporary American Women's Poetry"

with Cate Marvin
Erin Belieu
Vievee Francis
and Brenda Shaughnessy  

Five contemporary female American poets explore how sentimentality is deployed in 21st century women’s poetry, with regard to both content and rhetoric, as a means to counter traditional assumptions regarding female desire and identity. What personal and political alchemies occur when the affectionate address verges on acerbic? What transformations are sought when a female speaker, once familiar as mother, daughter, sister, wife, or lover, employs sentiment to reveal herself as Other? 

The first female American poets to be respected for their intellect, Marianne Moore and her protégé, Elizabeth Bishop, were careful not to express an excess of sentiment; poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath would make a stark departure from this mode by channeling emotional extremity. It is now important to explore how twenty-first century American women poets understand and reinvent these opposing traditions in their work. 

Jan
15
1:00 pm13:00

Writer's Resist at Beaverdale Books

Writers from Des Moines, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are joining together to host local events as part of an international Writers Resist movement being held on the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Writers across the nation and Europe will gather as part of a a “re-inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. 

Thanks for the awesome poster, Deborah Stein!

Thanks for the awesome poster, Deborah Stein!

The Des Moines event will be held at Beaverdale Books located at 2629 Beaver Ave. from 1-4 p.m. on January 15, 2016. Writers will read from a selection of diverse writers’ voices that speak to the ideals of Democracy, compassion, and free expression. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Readers and speakers include:

Ned Balbo, Evan Burger of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Paul Brooke, Ryan Collins of the Midwest Writing Center, Jim Danger Coppoc, Heather Derr-Smith, Marc Dickinson, John Domini, Maddie Johnson & Jalesha Johnson of Movement 515, Meg Johnson, Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs of the Catholic Worker House, Jennifer L. Knox, Matty Layne, Kyle McCord, Yasmina Madden, Elizabeth Blue, Ebonesiah Morrow, Akwi Nji, Steve Rose, Jane Satterfield, Brian Spears, Beth Trafton, and Phoebe Wagner!

Jan
1
Apr 10

Past Events

Book signing at AWP
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