9:00 AM09:00

"I’d Rather Break Your Heart: A Tribute to Poet James Tate"

With Matthew Zapruder, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Dorothea Lasky and Jaswinder Bolina for 2020 AWP Conference & Bookfair in San Antonio, TX.

“I love my funny poems, but I’d rather break your heart. And if I can do both in the same poem, that’s the best.” —James Tate, 1943-2015. Five poets read and explore the work, life, and craft of James Tate, whose funny, heartbreaking, and chilling poems thwarted expectations of what poetry is and does. As Tate’s distinctive style made imitation impossible and even embarrassing, our panelist discuss the influence of one of America’s most celebrated surrealists on their widely diverse styles.

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5:00 PM17:00

Art Week in Des Moines at Zanzibar with Rustin Larson and Shelly Reed

This reading is part of a special week-long Art Week series!

Friday, June 21, 5:30—6:30 pm.  Marilyn Baszcznski, Heather Smith, and Crystal Stone
Saturday, June 22, 5:30—6:30 pm.  Kyle McCord and Steve Rose
Sunday, June 23, 5—6 pm.  Jennifer Knox, Rustin Larson, and Shelly Reed
Wednesday, June 26, 5:30—6:30 pm.  Keith Ratlaff and Mark Widrlechner
Thursday, June 27, 5:30—6:30 pm.  Paul Brooke and Robert Tremmel
Friday, June 28, 5:30—6:30 pm.  Michaela Mullen and Bill Rudolph

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6:00 PM18:00

With Anders Carlson-Wee and Michaela Mullin at Beaverdale Books

Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (Norton, 2019). His work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Nation, Poetry Daily, The Sun, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His debut chapbook, Dynamite, won the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, Bread Loaf, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of Ninth Letter’s Poetry Award, Blue Mesa Review’s Poetry Prize, New Delta Review’s Editors’ Choice Prize, and the 2017 Poetry International Prize. He holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Minneapolis.

Michaela Mullin is a writer and editor living in Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her BA in English from Drake University, her MFA in Creative Writing from University of Nebraska, and her PhD in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought from the European Graduate School. She is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, and a recipient of the Helen W. Kenefick Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her full-length poetry collection, must, was published by Nomadic Press in 2016. 

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to Apr 10

Past Events

Monday Monologues at ISU's Parks Library: The Craft of Creative Writing with Jacob Dawson
An evening with Jeff Alessandrelli, Paul Brooke, Kyle Flak and Kyle McCord
Poetry and TV: A conference at the University of Birmingham
An afternoon with Kyle McCord and Jeff Sirkin for Veliz Book
UW-Platteville Creative Writing Festival
DMACC Lit Fest with Dean Bakopoulos
Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis with Michael Bazzett, Roy Guzman and Matt Mauch
Beaverdale Books with Matt Mauch
Waldorf University
Midwest Women's Herbal presents "Mycelium Mysteries"
Goldie's Club at the Iowa State Historical Museum
Drop the Mic in Cedar Rapids
1,000 Words or More at Moberg Gallery in DM with Kyle McCord, Meg Johnson and Christopher Snethen
The Spirit Lake Poetry Series in Duluth, Minnesoter!
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
DMACC Lit Festival
Monsters of Poetry series
Woodland Pattern in MKE
Shippensburg University
Florida State University
Prairie Lights with Johannes Göransson
Midwest Writing Center
Dead Media in Minneapolis
Twin Cities Book Festival
LitCrawl PDX
Central Washington University
Goldsmiths College, University of London
The Taproom Poetry Series in Lawrenceville, Kansas
The Observable Reading Series in St. Louis
Otis College of Design in Los Angeles
The Dollhouse Reading Series in Chicago
Grossmont College Literary Festival, San Diego
Ball State University, with Ada Limón
Virginia Tech Glossolalia Literary Festival
Iowa State University
Kansas City Art Institute’s A Common Sense Reading Series with Rauan Klassik
The Getty Museum, “Six Impossible Things, A Night of Poetry for Abelardo Morell” with Amber Tamblyn and Joshua Marie Wilkinson
The Norwood Club with Amber Tamblyn and Derrick Brown
Berl’s Books, Brooklyn
Bloome Country Arts Council
Mission Creek Festival with Patricia Smith,
The National Arts Club
The New York Poetry Festival
University of Kansas
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

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