12:10 PM12:10

Monday Monologues at ISU's Parks Library: The Craft of Creative Writing with Jacob Dawson

Join fiction writer Jacob Dawson and me for a discussion of craft in creative writing. This is the first event in the Parks' Library new afternoon monthly discussion series!

Jacob Dawson attended New York University's Creative Writing MFA Program, where he was a Veterans Writing Fellow. His work has appeared in PANK Magazine and Bartleby Snopes. He currently teaches at Iowa State University and is at work on a novel rooted in rural Illinois. 

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5:30 PM17:30

An evening with Jeff Alessandrelli, Paul Brooke, Kyle Flak and Kyle McCord

NOTE THE NEW TIME: 5:30 at Beaverdale Books in Beaverdale!

Kyle Flak is the author of I AM SORRY FOR EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE (Gold Wake Press, 2017),WHAT HANK SAID ON THE BUS (Publishing Genius, 2013) (Winner of the Chris Toll Prize), THE SECRET ADMIRER (Adastra Press, 2010), and HARMONICA DAYS (New Sins Press, 2009). In 2013, he was a finalist for a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation. In 2015, he was chosen as a "Poet to Notice" by Grandma Moses Press. His writing has recently appeared in Frogpond, Hart House Review, jubilat, Makeout Creek, Mudfish, Poetry East, Spinning Jenny, Whiskey Island, and various other literary magazines. He went to school at Northern Michigan University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. You can follow him on Twitter: @kpflak

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the poetry collections THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST (2014) and The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (2019), both from Burnside Review Press. Just published in the US and UK in March by the UK press Eyewear, Jeff's also the author of the essay collection The Man on High: Essays on Skateboarding, Hip-Hop, Poetry and The Notorious B.I.G. Recent work by him appears in Pleiades, Please Kill Me and The American Poetry Review, among others. 

Paul Brooke’s poetry has been published internationally in Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and England in The Brobdingdagian Times, Litspeak, Magma, and Takahe, respectively. In the United States, his work has been featured in such journals as theNorth American Review, Rocky Mountain Review, International Poetry Review, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment.

Brooke’s books include Light and Matter: Photographs and Poems of Iowa; it fuses the visual with the written. His second full-length collection (2010) is Meditations on Egrets: Photographs and Poems of Sanibel, Florida. Sirens and Seriemas: Photographs and Poems of the Amazon and Pantanal, his latest book, was published by Brambleby Books of London, England (2015). Arm Wrestling at the Iowa State Fair will be released sometime in 2018 by Finishing Line Press.

Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016). He has work featured or forthcoming in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He has received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. He has an M.F.A. from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He served as associate poetry editor of The Nation and is currently Co-Executive Editor of Gold Wake Press. He is married to the visual artist Lydia McCord. He teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Past Events

UW-Platteville 2018 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, Summer 2017
Drop the Mic in Cedar Rapids, Summer 2017
1,000 Words or More at Moberg Gallery in DM with Kyle McCord, Meg Johnson and Christopher Snethen, Spring 2017
The Spirit Lake Poetry Series in Duluth, Minnesoter! Spring 2017
IYWP's Junior High Writing Conference in Iowa City, Spring 2017
Eight Poets for National Poetry Month at Artisan Gallery 218, Spring 2017
KHOI's "Pantorium Series" with Ned Balbo and Heather Derr-Smith, Spring 2017
Iowa Arts Council's "Meet the Artists" Series in Sioux City, Spring 2017
Taproom Series in Lawrence, Kansas with Crystal Boson & Pete Fey, Spring 2017
Poetry Out Loud Iowa State Finals, Spring 2017
Iowa Arts Council's "Meet the Artists" Series in Dubuque, Spring 2017
The Iowa Arts Council's Meet the Artist series in Coralville, Spring 2017
AWP 2017: "Arsenic Icing: Sentiment as Threat in Contemporary American Women's Poetry" with Vievee Francis, Cate Marvin, Erin Belieu and Brenda Shaughnessy, Spring 2017
Writer's Resist at Beaverdale Books, Winter 2017
The Iowa Arts Council's Meet the Artist series in Osceola, Fall 2016
Iowa City Book Festival, Fall 2016
Iowa Bird of Mouth Launch Party at the Ames Public Library, Fall 2016
The Poetry Extension with Salena Godden, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Sarah Howe, Kathryn Maris & Andrew McMillan, Fall 2016
Berl's Books with Natalie Eilbert, Sharon Mesmer & Jason Scheiderman, Summer 2016
The Pen + Brush Series with Laura Sims & Carey McHugh, Summer 2016
The Bryant Park Reading Series in NYC with Ada Limón & Jason Schneiderman, Summer 2016
The Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival, Spring 2016
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

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