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Book Launch for Nonfiction, the Teaching of Writing, and the Influence of Richard Lloyd-Jones

Friday, February 23, 2024 7:00pm
Nonfiction Writing House
The UI Nonfiction Writing Program presents the book launch for Nonfiction, the Teaching of Writing, and the Influence of Richard Lloyd-Jones, edited by NWP Alumni Laura Julier & Douglas Hesse. This special event, held Friday, Feb. 23 at the Nonfiction Writing House (530 N. Clinton St.), features NWP alumni Laura Julier, Douglas Hesse, John T. Price, Tom Montgomery Fate, and writer Patricia Foster, who was a professor in the NWP for 25 years. 
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Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday, February 25, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...
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Humanities for the Public Good Closing Symposium: A Celebration

Friday, March 1 10:00am to Saturday, March 2, 2024 3:30pm
Iowa City Public Library
This symposium is a culmination of the Obermann Center’s multi-year grant from the Mellon Foundation focused on the transformation of humanities graduate education, Humanities for the Public Good. During the last four years, over 100 faculty, staff, graduate students, and visiting speakers have envisioned and created a host of ways that graduates from humanities PhD programs can fuse their studies in specific disciplines with skills and learning experiences that prepare them to adapt the methods...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, March 1, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Out of the Archive Series: The Short Films of Aarin Burch

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 6:15pm to 9:00pm
FilmScene (Chauncey)
Please join us at FilmScene for the continuation of "Out of the Archive: Envisioning Blackness," a monthly screening and discussion series that celebrates the vibrant  tradition of Black cinema by featuring rarely screened, newly restored, and archivally-engaged films. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (with students, in particular, encouraged to pick $0). Join us before each screening for a free dinner reception catered by local restaurants, and stay after each film for post-screening conversations...
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Reading & Q&A with Kemi Alabi

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 6:30pm to 7:30pm
English-Philosophy Building
The English Department will be hosting writer Kemi Alabi for a reading and Q&A. From kemialabi.com: Winner of the Academy of American Poets First Book Award, selected by Claudia Rankine · Kate Tufts Discovery Award Finalist · Chicago Review of Books Award Winner · Publishing Triangle Award Finalist · A New York Public Library Best Book of 2022 Kemi Alabi’s transcendent debut reimagines the poetic and cultural traditions from which it is born, troubling the waters of some of our country’s...
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Prompt for the Planet Workshop

Thursday, March 21, 2024 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Join Melinda Myers, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance and Choreography, for a fun Prompt for the Planet workshop that lets you connect with nature through art!  Whether you're an experienced artist or just starting to dip your toes into the world of creativity, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Space is limited!  Please register at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tmleArm2C7Lnds
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Local Libraries LIT: Grace M. Cho

Thursday, March 21, 2024 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Virtual
Join the libraries of Johnson County for the latest Local Libraries LIT author event featuring Grace M. Cho. This is a free virtual event, with registration required. Grace M. Cho's work sits at the crossroads of creative nonfiction and interdisciplinary scholarship, exploring the ways in which residues of state violence and historical trauma permeate the intimate spaces of the here and now. As a sociologist, she approaches storytelling as an opportunity to broaden the lens through which...
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Krause Essay Prize Ceremony Celebrating Writer Chris Dennis

Thursday, March 21, 2024 7:30pm
Old Capitol Museum
The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program is pleased to announce that writer Chris Dennis has won the 2023 Krause Essay Prize for his essay “We Were Hungry,” which appeared in Astra. Dennis, author of the story collection Here is What You Do, will be honored at the Krause Essay Prize award ceremony on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Senate Chambers, where he will present his winning essay. There he will receive the Prize’s $10,000 award and an...
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Prompt for the Planet Workshop

Sunday, March 24, 2024 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Join Melinda Myers, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance and Choreography, for a fun Prompt for the Planet workshop that lets you connect with nature through art!  Whether you're an experienced artist or just starting to dip your toes into the world of creativity, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Space is limited!  Please register at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tmleArm2C7Lnds
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Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday, March 24, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...
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Facing the Inferno: Visiting Artist Kari Greer

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Old Capitol Museum
The Pentacrest Museums host Kari Greer for a special event to discuss themes of her exhibition Facing the Inferno: The Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer. Greer will be joined by UI Faculty involved with Living With Smoke initiative.
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Prompt for the Planet Workshop

Thursday, March 28, 2024 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Join Melinda Myers, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance and Choreography, for a fun Prompt for the Planet workshop that lets you connect with nature through art!  Whether you're an experienced artist or just starting to dip your toes into the world of creativity, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Space is limited!  Please register at https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tmleArm2C7Lnds

Stephen Best: “Deixis and Black Art”

Friday, March 29, 2024 3:30pm to 5:00pm
English-Philosophy Building
The Department of English and Obermann Center are hosting Stephen Best on Friday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. in 304 EPB (Gerber). UI PhD candidate Sarah Frank will introduce Professor Best and UI Professor Deborah Whaley will serve as respondent. Stephen Best (Berkeley) is Rachael Anderson Stageberg Chair in English and Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities. One of the most important scholars of his generation, Professor Best has published two acclaimed monographs: "The Fugitive's...
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Nonfiction Writing Program Alumni Reading Series: Deborah Taffa

Friday, March 29, 2024 5:30pm
Prairie Lights Books
Writer Deborah Taffa, a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program and MFA director of the Institute of American Indian Arts, will read from her debut book Whiskey Tender at Prairie Lights Books on Friday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. This event, which is open to the public, is part of the NWP Alumni Reading Series.
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Krause Series in Contemporary Nonfiction: Paisley Rekdal

Monday, April 1, 2024 7:00pm
Nonfiction Writing House
Essayist and poet Paisley Rekdal, author of Appropriate: A Provocation and Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Nonfiction Writing Program, will give a reading at the Nonfiction Writing House (530 N. Clinton Street) on Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. This event, which is open to the public, is part of the Krause Series in Contemporary Nonfiction.
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Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference: Black Legacies

Thursday, April 4, 2024 12:00pm
On April 4–6, 2024, English graduate students are hosting the 23rd annual Craft Critique Culture interdisciplinary graduate conference on the University of Iowa campus. This year’s conference theme is “Black Legacies.”
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Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference: Black Legacies

Friday, April 5, 2024 12:00pm
On April 4–6, 2024, English graduate students are hosting the 23rd annual Craft Critique Culture interdisciplinary graduate conference on the University of Iowa campus. This year’s conference theme is “Black Legacies.”
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Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference: Black Legacies, Keynote Presentation

Friday, April 5, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
English graduate students are hosting the 23rd annual Craft Critique Culture interdisciplinary graduate conference on the University of Iowa campus. Dr. Lena Hill, Provost at Washington and Lee University, will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker on April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Academics Room of the IMU.
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Art & Write Night

Friday, April 5, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference: Black Legacies

Saturday, April 6, 2024 12:00pm
On April 4–6, 2024, English graduate students are hosting the 23rd annual Craft Critique Culture interdisciplinary graduate conference on the University of Iowa campus. This year’s conference theme is “Black Legacies.”
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Nonfiction Writing Program Alumni Reading Series: Matthew Clark

Thursday, April 18, 2024 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Writer Matthew Clark, a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from his debut nonfiction book, Bjarki, Not Bjarki (University of Iowa Press), at Prairie Lights Books on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. This event, which is open to the public, is part of the NWP Alumni Reading Series.
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Local Libraries LIT: Virginia Sole-Smith

Thursday, April 18, 2024 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Virtual
Join the libraries of Johnson County for the latest Local Libraries LIT author event featuring Virginia Sole-Smith. This is a free virtual event, with registration required. As a journalist, Virginia Sole-Smith has reported from kitchen tables and grocery stores, graduated from beauty school, and gone swimming in a mermaid’s tail. Virginia’s latest book, Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture, investigates how the “war on childhood obesity” has caused kids of all ages to absorb a daily...
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Write at the Stanley: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday, April 28, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
Join us monthly to generate new creative writing inspired by works in the Stanley collection. Each session will be led by a different talented writer from our area, who will be offering a new prompt and a new approach to ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by visual art). Bring your own notebook and pencil or computer and leave with the beginning of a newly written piece. Co-sponsored by Iowa City Poetry. Teen and adult writers in all genres are welcome. Write at the Stanley meets every fourth...
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Art & Write Night

Friday, May 3, 2024 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Join the long, rich, historical tradition of artists creating in our spaces. Professional, aspiring, and amateur artists alike, make our museum your muse. The return of this popular program series welcomes guests into the Museum of Natural History's magical gallery spaces after-hours to work on sketching or writing projects with other campus and community artists. Tell a friend, grab a notebook, and join us on the first Friday of each month. We'll provide a new inspo prompt for each session...
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