Johanna Aitchison is a poet from New Zealand and the author of three books of poetry, including A Long Girl Ago and Miss Dust. She is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Aron Aji is the Director of MFA in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa. A native of Turkey, he has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, Latife Tekin, and other Turkish writers, including three book-length works by Karasu: Death in Troy; The Garden of Departed Cats, and A Long Day’s Evening. He also edited, Milan Kundera and the Art of Fiction. Aji leads the Translation Workshop, and teaches courses on retranslation, poetry and translation; theory, and contemporary Turkish literature. He is also the vice president of The American Literary Translators Association.
Armen of Armenia is a fiction writer and the author of the story collection The Return of Kikos and the novel Mommyland; a short story of his appeared in the 2015 edition of Best European Fiction. His writing is significantly influenced by his political activism.
- Theatre Across Borders – Saturday, October 3, 3:00 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City
Margret Aldrich is a writer and editor who has published her work with The Atlantic, Experience Life, Brain, Child, and others. A former editor at Utne Reader, Margret is a regular contributor to Book Riot and is a producer at BringMeTheNews’s national health platform. She lives in Minneapolis with her bearded husband, two entertaining young boys, and a Little Free Library. She will appear with Little Free Library founder Todd Bol to discuss The Little Free Library Book.
- Margret Aldrich and Todd Bol reading – Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A
Elissa Altman writes the monthly Washington Post column, Feeding My Mother, and is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, as well as the 2012 James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name. She is in Iowa City as part of the Edible Institute’s Food Writing Conference: Eating Words.
Jabari Asim is an author and artist serving as associate professor at Emerson College in Boston, as well as the editor for The Crisis, the NAACP’s journal of culture and politics. Previously, Asim served as the deputy editor of the book review section of The Washington Post for eleven years and was formerly the vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle. Some of Asim’s most well-known work includes the books What Obama Means and The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why. His most recent book is the novel Only the Strong.
- Jabari Asim and Horace Porter reading – Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m. 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)
Kirill Azernyi is a fiction writer from Russia who has published two books of prose: The Present and A Doomsday Man. He is the publisher of the magazine Zdes, dedicated to contemporary experimental prose, poetry, and essays. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
- Panel: The Hum of Translation – Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Iowa City Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert St.
Matt Bell is an author of fiction whose most recent work is the novel Scrapper. His debut novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. A native of Michigan, Bell currently teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.
In addition to co-founding the Little Free Library movement, Todd Bol also serves as the nonprofit Little Free Library organization’s executive director. Bol founded and served as president of Care-Forth, Inc.; was founder/CEO/president of the Global Scholarship Alliance; was a global countertrade consultant, sales manager in corporate trade for 3M, and a public school teacher.
Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small farm in Michigan, and went on to attend the University of Chicago and received further degrees from Western Michigan University. Campbell has traveled and adventured all over the world and is president of Goulash Tours Inc., having lead adventure tours throughout Europe. Her short story-collection, American Salvage, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction. Campbell currently resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and teaches writing at Pacific University. Her latest book is Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.
Xavier Cavazos received his MFA in 2013 from Iowa State University where he served as poetry editor for Flyway: Journal of Creative Writing and the Environment, and is the author of Barbarian at the Gate, selected and introduced by Thomas Sayers Ellis as part of the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets Chapbook Series, and Diamond Grove Slave Tree, the inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize from Ice Cube Press. Cavazos has poetry forthcoming in the Best American Experimental Writing (BAX) 2015, and teaches in the Africana and Black Studies and the Professional and Creative Writing Programs at Central Washington University.
Elisabeth Chretien is an acquisitions editor at the University of Iowa Press, where she acquires works of literary nonfiction and literary criticism, two areas in which the press is highly regarded. Among other series, she handles Sightline Books, the press’s award-winning literary nonfiction series that includes cultural commentary, nature writing, historical inquiry, meditation, memoir, and personal essays.
Rob Cline is the author of Murder by the Slice. He is the Director of Marketing and Communications for The University of Iowa’s Hancher and a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture. His new story collection is Slices.
Ryan Collins is the executive director of the Midwest Writing Center in Davenport, a nonprofit organization that offers educational opportunities and other programming for writers.
- Panel: Independent Presses – From Pitch to Publication – Saturday, October 3. 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Recreation Center
Maureen Corrigan is one of America’s most trusted and beloved book critics. Her distinctive voice is at once incisive and accessible, like a well-read friend who always sends you home with a good book to read. For more than twenty years, Corrigan has been the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air. She is also a columnist for the Washington Post and the critic-in-residence at Georgetown University where her courses are very popular. She is the author of two books of her own: Leave me Alone I’m Reading, and So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures, which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Library Journal.
Cate Dicharry lives in Iowa City and recently published her first novel, The Fine Art of Fucking Up. Dicharry is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She discovered her love of writing while teaching abroad in China. Her novel centers on the flooded art school at a fictional Midwestern university and the fate of a priceless Jackson Pollock painting.
- Cate DiCharry and Riley Hanick reading – Saturday, October 3, 11:30 a.m. Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
- Panel: Self-Portrait – Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Joseph Dobrian is a novelist, essayist, and business journalist, also known as a political activist and TV talk show host. His most recent publications are Ambitions, his second novel, and The Butcher Of Paris, a translation of a French “true crime” book by Jean-François Dominique. Previous books include the novel Willie Wilden and the best-selling collection of essays, Seldom Right But Never In Doubt. A resident of New York City for most of his adult life, Mr. Dobrian now lives in Iowa City with four rescue cats.
Brian Duffy is the cartoonist of record for the Iowa Caucuses. Every presidential aspirant has had to pass through his pen over the last 27 years. After a 25 year career as an award winning front-page cartoonist for the Des Moines Register, Duffy is the staff editorial cartoonist for KCCI TV in Des Moines, and the alternative weekly newspaper, CityView. His latest book is Duffy’s Iowa Caucus Cartoons: Watch ‘Em Run.
Nael Eltoukhy is a fiction writer and translator from Egypt who has published five books of fiction and two books of translation from the Hebrew. His novels include the critically acclaimed Nisaa Al Karantina (Women of Karantina) and Al Alfen wa seta (Two Thousand and Six). He is a staff journalist at a number of regional newspapers. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Barry Estabrook is a three-time James-Beard-Award-winning journalist, and author of Pig Tales: An Omnovore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat and the New York Times best-selling Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. He was a contributing editor at Gourmet magazine. He is in Iowa City as part of the Edible Institute’s Food Writing Conference: Eating Words.
Ed Folsom’s teaching and research have centered on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry and culture. He has been particularly interested in the ways American poets have talked back to Walt Whitman over the years, and how Whitman tapped into American culture in surprising ways to construct a radical new kind of writing. He has written, edited, or co-edited a number of books on Whitman, including Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, Walt Whitman’s Native Representations, Walt Whitman and the World, Walt Whitman: The Centennial Essays, Whitman East and West, Whitman Making Books / Books Making Whitman, Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays, Walt Whitman’s Democratic Vistas: The Original Edition, and Re-Scripting Walt Whitman (co-authored with Kenneth M. Price). Folsom edits the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and the Whitman Series for the University of Iowa Press.
Sean Preciado Genell received his MFA from New York University and is author of “Haulin’ Ass” and “Business as Usual” for Little Village. His first novel, All The Help You Need, is being published by Slow Collision Press. He lives with his wife, Liz Preciado Genell, and daughter in Iowa City where he also fronts punk blues band Illinois John Fever.
Linda Gerdner collects Hmong story cloths and has traveled to the Hmong villages in rural Laos and the last refugee settlement in Thailand. She is the author of Hmong Story Cloths: Preserving Historical & Cultural Treasures.
Because of health concerns, Robert Goolrick will not be able to attend the festival.
Dennis Green’s first novel, Traveler, was released in 2013, and scored in the Top Ten in the 2014 Ben Franklin Independent Publishing awards. Prisoner is the second novel in the Traveler Chronicles, and Trav Becker’s saga will conclude in Hunter. Green’s writing has appeared in the anthology Sadistic Shorts, magazines including Grift and Romance and Beyond, as well as his own blog at denniswgreen.com. He also writes for and edits the triathlon news site heartofamericatri.com.
Edward Hamlin is the winner of the 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the 2013 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction for his book, Night in Erg Chebbi. Since 2013 he’s been a finalist or runner-up for the Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Prize, Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, Narrative Story Prize, Myerson Fiction Prize, Press 53 Fiction Award, Mary McCarthy Award, Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren and Tupelo Quarterly Fiction Open awards.
Riley Hanick is an essayist, journalist, and translator whose writing has appeared in many publications. The Iowa City native’s first book, Three Kinds of Motion, deals with Jackson Pollock, America’s first interstate highway system, and Jack Kerouac, with a little of Iowa City’s 2008 flood in the mix.
Charles Haverty is the author of Excommunicados, winner of the 2015 John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press. Haverty was born in Queens, and grew up on Long Island and in the suburbs of Chicago. He currently lives and works in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his family.
- Charles Haverty and Edward Hamlin reading – Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
- Panel: Witnessing the Road 2 – Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
Caroline Heller is the director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Educational Studies at Lesley University, where she is also a professor in the graduate school of education. She lives in Boston with her family. Her book, Reading Claudius, is a dual memoir of her parents’ lives and her own, in which she brings to life the lost world of European café culture, and reminds of the sustaining power of literature in the most challenging of times.
Iowa City author and poet Mary Jedlicka Humston, a former high school teacher, graduated from UNI with a BA in English education. She is the coauthor of Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink, with Mary Potter Kenyon. Her poems and essays have been widely published, and she speaks on a variety of subjects, including the Little Free Library movement. Jedlicka Humston is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the University Club Writers of Iowa City.
- Mary Jedlicka Humston and Mary Potter Kenyon reading – Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City
Tom Janikowski is a self-described unusual author of unusual fiction, the Davenport, Iowa, author has written flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and more. His debut novel is The Crawford County Sketchbook.
- Tom Janikowski and Tracy Manaster reading – Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City
Tim Johnston, author of the short story collection Irish Girl, is a native of Iowa City and a graduate of the University of Iowa. The collection won Johnston the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and Johnston currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Memphis. His latest work is the novel Descent. He is the recipient of a 2015 Iowa Author Award.
- Tim Johnston and Matt Bell reading – Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m., 136 S. Dubuque St. (former Wedge space)
- Panel: Publishing 101 – Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Iowa City Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert St.
- Panel: A Sense of Place – Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City
El Jones is a poet from Canada who is the 2013-2015 poet laureate for Halifax. Named a “Bold Visionary,” one of 23 in her country, she was also the Poet of Honor at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2015. She is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Jonathan Katz is a journalist and author. As the Associated Press chief correspondent in Haiti, he survived and was first to internationally report the January 2010 earthquake, then stayed to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed. That fall he broke the story that the United Nations likely caused—and was covering up its role in—a post-quake cholera epidemic that killed thousands more. Katz is now a freelance journalist covering international and domestic affairs. His book about the Haiti earthquake and its aftermath, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, received the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for the year’s best book on international affairs, and was a finalist for the 2013-14 PEN/Galbraith Award for nonfiction.
Katz appears at the Iowa City Book Festival in an event produced by the University of Iowa College of Public Health as part of its annual Book Club program.
Daniel Khalastchi is the author of two books of poetry, Manoleria and Tradition. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, his poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, jubilat, Ninth Letter, 1913: A Journal of Forms, and Best American Experimental Writing 2014. Daniel is the associate director of the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. He is also the co-founder and managing editor of Rescue Press.
Manchester author Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from UNI with a B.A. in Psychology and is the director of the Winthrop Public Library. She conducts writing workshops for community colleges, bookstores, and writer’s conferences. Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink, co-written with Iowa City author Mary Jedlicka Humston, is her fourth book with Familius Publishing. Previous titles include: Coupon Crazy, Chemo-Therapist, and the award-winning Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace. She is a member of the Iowa City branch of the National League of American Pen Women.
- Mary Jedlicka Humston and Mary Potter Kenyon reading – Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City
Harris Khalique is a poet and nonfiction writer from Pakistan who is the author of eight poetry collections, including Between You and Your Love, Ishq ki taqveem mein, Melay mein, which won the 2013 UBL Literary Excellence Award for Urdu poetry. His poems have been anthologized internationally. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
- Panel: Politics and Prose – Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert St.
Samuel Kolawole is a fiction and nonfiction writer from Nigeria who is the author of the story collection The Book of M and other stories, widely anthologized. Currently working on his second book, he directs a writing school in Ibadan. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Polen Ly is a screenwriter from Cambodia who has written, directed and produced several short films, including “Red Ink” and “Colourful Knots,” which won the first prize at the 2015 Tropfest SEA film festival in Malaysia. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
A. J. Mahler is an Iowa native and a long time Iowa City resident. He tried to escape several times, but the raw beauty and the pure essence that makes Iowa great pulled him back. If you find him on the Ped Mall or in the Java House writing, give him three nouns and he will weave you a story. Power, the second book in his thriller espionage series, The Betty Chronicles, will be released October 3 at the Festival. This thriller follows Betty Thursten as she tries to avenge the murder of her fiance while working as a spy for her former lover.
Rebecca Makkai is an Illinois native and Chicago-based author; she became known for acclaimed novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House. Makkai has been featured repeatedly in Best American Short Stories and has had her work appear on the popular program This American Life. Her latest work is the short story collection Music for Wartime. Makkai is a visiting faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop this fall.
Tracy Manaster is an alumnus of Wesleyan University as well as the University of Iowa’s own renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first novel, You Could Be Home by Now, was published in 2014 by Tyrus Books. Manaster was the 2006 recipient of the National League of American Pen Women’s Joanna Catherine Scott prize. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her family.
Salvatore Marici, author of Swish, Swirl & Sniff, has had his poetry appear in several magazines, anthologies, and web journals including Circle Magazine, Off Channel, Slow Trains, Descant and Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings with a Sicilian Accent. He has placed and has been a finalist in several poetry contests and was the 2010 Midwest Writing Center’s poet-in-residence. He is a periodic feature poet in the Bucktown Revue.
Maung Yu Py is a poet from Burma who has published the poem collections There is a New Map for That Little Island Town Too and With the Big Television Turned On. His work is also included in several national poetry collections, as well as in Bones Will Crow: An Anthology of Burmese Poetry. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Linzee McCray is a freelancer and regular contributor to the Etsy blog, Moda’s blog The Cutting Table, and a columnist for the French magazine Quilt Country. She has more than two decades of experience writing for magazines including Stitch (where she is a contributing editor), American Patchwork and Quilting, Uppercase, Quilts and More, Quilt Sampler, Parents, and others. She is the author of Art Quilts of the Midwest.
John McNally is the author of three novels and two short story collections, including the novel The Book of Ralph. McNally previously held a Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project fellowship sponsored by Paramount Pictures, and the James Michener Award fellowship at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His latest book is the young adult novel, Lord of the Ralphs.
Michael Mendis is a fiction writer from Sri Lanka who has published a number of stories, including “The Sarong-Man in the Old House and an Incubus for a Rainy Night,“ which won the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Asia region. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water, and Watch Fire; translations of Aleš Debeljak’s Anxious Moments and The City and the Child; several edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon; and five books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War. Merrill is the director of the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he has conducted cultural diplomacy missions in over thirty countries for the U.S. State Department, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities.
Joe Kyugen Michaud is the author of several books including, Iowa City, City of the Book: Writing, Publishing and the Book Arts in the Heartland, Booking in Iowa: The Book Trade In and Around Iowa City, and Along the Iron Curtain: Border Patrol in the Cold War, all published by Camp Pope Books, Iowa City. Kyugen’s most recently published book is Mindscapes, Selected Poems of the Way.
Summer Miller is a freelance writer based just outside the urban fringes of Omaha, Nebraska. Her writing has appeared in Saveur, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Edible Omaha, Edible Feast, Nebraska Life, Omaha Magazine, and the Reader. She blogs at www.scaldedmilk.com. Her new book, New Prairie Kitchen, features recipes and profiles of several Midwestern chefs.
Dave Morice is a writer, visual artist, performance artist, educator, and graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has written thousands of poems, drawn thousands of cartoons, taught thousands of students, and raised one son, Danny, whom he considers his best teacher. He has published under the names Dave Morice, Joyce Holland, Dr. Alphabet, and several others. He is one of the founders of the Actualist Poetry Movement. He lives with Mary Jo Dane in Iowa City. His works include sixty Poetry Marathons, three anthologies of Poetry Comics, The Wooden Nickel Art Project, Limerick Inferno, and many more. For the last 30 years he has edited “Kickshaws,” a wordplay column appearing in Word Ways, a quarterly magazine. His 1972 thesis, composed of 81 words on 9 pages, is the shortest in the Workshop’s history. In 2010, he wrote Poetry City, a 10,119-page 100-day marathon poem, as part of the University of Iowa Library’s Celebration of Iowa City being designated a UNESCO City of Literature. This single bound book measures 2 feet high and weighs 56 pounds. Available for viewing in Special Collections, it is the thickest book in the library and possibly the thickest in the world. His new book is Poetry City: A Literary Remembrance of Iowa City.
- David Morice reading – Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Java House, 211½ E. Washington St., Iowa City
Gary Paul Nabhan is an orchard-keeper, food and farming writer and senior contributing editor of Edible Baja Arizona. His 26 solely authored, coauthored or edited books have been honored with a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the John Burroughs Medal for best nature writing and a Western States Book Award. He is one of the few essayists whose work has been featured in annual volumes of Best Food Writing and Best Nature Writing. He is in Iowa City as part of the Edible Institute’s Food Writing Conference: Eating Words.
Stuart Neville is a crime novelist hailing from Northern Ireland. Stuart is well known for his debut novel, The Twelve (published as The Ghosts of Belfast in the United States), and its three sequels. His fourth novel, Ratlines, is currently in development to become a television program. His latest novel, Those We Left Behind, is the latest in a series featuring DI Serena Flanagan.
Lynne Nugent is managing editor of The Iowa Review. Her essays have appeared in the North American Review, Brevity, the New York Times, Full Grown People, and Mutha Magazine.
Nisah Haron is a fiction and nonfiction writer and translator from Malaysia who is the author of several story collections and novels, including, most recently, Rindu Seorang Rafik (The Longing of a Rafik). Her nonfiction deals with the craft and the business of creative writing; she is also a travel writer, with work translated into English and Japanese. She is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Marisela Treviño Orta is a first-year graduate student in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Her plays include: “American Triage”(Repertorio Español 2012 Nuestras Voces Runner-Up); “Braided Sorrow” (2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, 2008 Su Teatro world premiere, 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Drama); and “Heart Shaped Nebula” (2015 Shotgun Players world premiere). She is a founding member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network and a member of the Latino Theatre Commons Steering Committee.
Sara Paretsky is a bestselling author of detective fiction. Paretsky helped revolutionize the role of women within crime fiction with her numerous novels starring her famous character V.I. Warshawski. Born in Ames, Iowa and raised in Kansas, Paretsky currently resides in Chicago, the city that has been her home since 1968. Her latest novel, and her seventeenth featuring V.I Warshawski, is titled Brush Back.
Horace Porter is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Iowa, where he serves as chair of the Department of American Studies as well as the chair of African American Studies. His most recent book is Dreaming Out Loud: African American Novelists at Work.
Rochelle Potkar is a fiction writer and poet from India who is the author of The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories, and has three works in progress—a novel, a book of prose, and a book of poetry. Widely published online and in print, Rochelle is the co-editor of Neesah magazine, and an active member of Poetry Couture. She is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Sara Prineas is an Iowa-based writer of fantasy for young adults, including the Magic Thief and Winterling series. She lives on 40 acres in the countryside, and is working to restore the woods and prairie. Her new novel is Ash & Bramble.
- Sarah Prineas reading – Saturday, October 3, 11:30 a.m. Iowa City Public Library, Teen Center
- Panel: Writing for the Younger Self – Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Marc Rahe received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Gutcult, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, jubilat, notnostrums, Painted Bride Quarterly, Petri Press, Sixth Finch, and other literary journals. Marc lives in Iowa City and works for a human service agency. His first collection of poems, The Smaller Half, was published by Rescue Press in 2010. His second collection is forthcoming from Rescue Press.
Lennox Randon is a graduate of the Houston Police Academy and The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Education. He has worked as a police officer, technical writer, and teacher. Randon currently lives in Iowa with his wife Lileah, daughter Lark, and two unwelcome hairy interlopers of the feline variety. His website, including music, photos, and a blog, is www.LennoxRandon.com.
Trinity Ray, president of The Tuesday Agency, has spent sixteen years in the lecture industry, as an event coordinator, agent and as a program director. Most recently he was Vice President at a large lecture bureau in Boston where he developed a successful literary lectures division – establishing and maintaining relationships with authors, publishers and literary agents around the world.
Robert Reich has served in the administrations of three presidents: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, for whom he served as Secretary of Labor. Reich was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and went on to attend Dartmouth University, Yale Law School, and was a Rhode’s Scholar at University College, Oxford. In addition to being a political economist Reich is a professor, author, and a prominent voice in our current political culture. He is the subject of the 2014 documentary film Inequality for All. His latest book is Saving Capitalism.
- Robert Reich: Saving Capitalism – Saturday, October 3, 7:00 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. This event is free & open to the public.
Rachel Rose is a poet and nonfiction writer from Canada who is a recipient of the 2013 and 2016 Pushcart Prize, and of the Pat Lowther Poetry Award and the Audre Lorde Poetry Award for 2013. Her poetry books include Notes on Arrival and Departure and Song and Spectacle. She is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
- Panel: Politics and Prose – Saturday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Iowa City Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert St.
Aki Salmela is a poet and translator from Finland who is the author of seven poetry collections and a number of translations, including the poetry of John Ashbery, Charles Simic, and James Tate. His work has been widely anthologized, and appears in literary journals throughout Europe. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
John Scalzi is a New York Times best seller in fiction who has won numerous awards, inclugin the Hugo, the Locus, the Seiun and Kurd Lasswitz. He is best known for the “Old Man’s War” series, as well as the stand-alone science fiction novels Redshirts and Lock In. Scalzi also keeps the popular blog, “Whatever.” His new novel is the latest in the “Old Man’s War” series, The End of All Things.
Jeremy Schraffenberger is the associate editor of the North American Review, and an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of the recent poetry collection, The Waxen Poor.
Lisa Schlesinger is an associate professor in the University of Iowa Theatre Arts program. She has written several plays and received many commissions. From 2006-2014, she coordinated the Playwriting Program at Columbia College Chicago.
The primary and driving force behind the Ice Cube Press and the Tall Corn Books imprint is Steve Semken. Steve has been inspired to work with words, to write, and to promote and learn about the world in which we live in for over twenty years now. The inspiration began while walking and living along the Kaw River in North Lawrence, Kansas. Since 1990 Steve has authored six books, edited three others, been included in four anthologies, and was picked as the the Writer in Residence at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. He has served on the faculty at the Midwest Writing Center’s David Collins Writing Conference in the Quad Cities.
Marie Silkeberg is a poet, translator, nonfiction writer and filmmaker from Sweden is the author of seven poetry collections, including 23:23 and Material, and the essay volume Avståndsmätning. Among her translations are those of Inger Christensen and Rosemarie Waldrop. She teaches literary composition at the University of Southern Denmark. She is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Bryan Stevenson has dedicated his life to battling biases in the justice system against the poor and minorities and has won national acclaim in doing so. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative and serves as its Executive Director and is also currently a professor at New York University School of Law. Stevenson received widespread attention and acclaim for the 2014 publication of his book, Just Mercy.
Just Mercy is the fall 2015 One Community One Book selection, and Stevenson’s appearance will cap a schedule of several events throughout the fall. The book was named by Time magazine as one of the 10 best books of nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors including a 2015 NAACP Image Award.
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Writer, editor, producer, J. Ryan Stradal is a man of many talents. Hailing from the Midwest, Stradal grew up in the Minnesota town of Hastings and attended Northwestern University, and now currently lives and works out of Los Angeles. His first novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, was published in July of 2015, and was awarded first prize in the inaugural novel competition of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society.
Ann Struthers is the author of four collections of poetry, including What You Try to Tame (2004) and Stoneboat (1989). She has received Fulbright fellowships to Syria and Sri Lanka. Currently the writer-in-residence and a visiting professor of English at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Struthers has also taught at the University of Northern Iowa.
John Ira Thomas is the author of nineteen books, including the award-winning graphic novel LOST IN THE WASH (2014 Indiefab Silver Medal in Horror) from Candle Light Press. He has two Master’s Degrees, stoops a bit, and his newest book is CLP20, a celebration of twenty years of Iowa City’s own Candle Light Press. He lives in Coralville, where he dreams of an alternate timeline in which a boyhood Sunday School drawing wrecked his life.
Vu Tran is a Vietnamese-American author whose debut novel, Dragonfish, is to be published in 2015 by W.W. Norton. Tran’s family immigrated to America from Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War when he was young, and his work has often centered on the legacy left by that war on the Vietnamese people, both in America and Vietnam. Tran received his MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and his PhD from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he was the Glenn Schaeffer Fellow in Fiction. Tran currently resides in Chicago where he teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.
- Panel: Self-Portrait – Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room, 28 S Linn St Iowa City, IA
- Stuart Neville and Vu Tran reading – Saturday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City
Villeda is a poet, translator and fiction writer from Mexico who is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Dodo. Her work in poetry and multimedia, widely anthologized and translated, has received recognition through several awards, including the 2014 National Fine Arts Prize for Children’s Fiction and the 2013 Elías Nandino National Award for Youth Poetry. She is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Andrea Wilson is the founder and executive director of the Iowa Writers’ House, a nonprofit literary organization with the mission of supporting Iowa’s Writers by creating community, offering courses in all forms of literary craft, and by providing a centralized onramp to regional resources.
Connie Corcoran Wilson is a University of Iowa graduate who lives in East Moline, Ill. She is the author of several books in a number of genres. Her latest is Obama’s Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House. She was the Midwest Writing Center Writer of the Year (2010), Content Producer of the Year for Yahoo (2009), and Illinois Women’s Press Association Silver Feather Award winner (Chicago chapter, 2012 and 2014.)
Stephen Witt graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in mathematics in 2001. He spent the next six years playing the stock market, working for hedge funds in Chicago and New York. Following a two-year stint in East Africa working in economic development, he graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2011. His book, How Music Got Free, is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers.
Witt’s appearance is supported by the Iowa City Public Library, and is part of the library’s year-long “Music is the Word” slate of programming.
Antônio Xerxenesky is a fiction writer and translator from Brazil who currently is completing a doctorate in literary theory at Universidade de São Paulo. He is the author of two novels, most recently F, two short story collections, and several books of translation. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
Yao Feng is a poet, translator and scholar from Macau who is the author of the poetry collections Writing on the Wings of the Wind, One Horizon – Two Views, The Night Lies Down with Me, Faraway Song, and Selected Poems of Yao Feng, In Brief. He writes in both Chinese and Portuguese, and translates Portuguese poetry into Chinese. He is a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.