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NWP Visiting Writers Series: Joshua Wheeler

Joshua Wheeler
April 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Prairie Lights Books

The University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program is pleased to announce that alumnus Joshua Wheeler will read from his new book, Acid West: Essays, on Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Lights Books.

Acid West, Wheeler’s stunning debut collection of essays, illuminates the strange stories of southern New Mexico—including everything from cowboys to drone warriors to space explorers—and in doing so traces the radical evolution of American identity. According to Claire Vaye Watkins, "Acid West is a freaky, stylish, heart-cracking-open book about the beautiful and bonkers badlands of the Southwest. Josh Wheeler’s essays throb with radioactive resonance and the Technicolor brilliance of a desert sunset.” By turns intimate, absurd, and frightening, Acid West is an enlightening deep-dive into a prophetic desert at the bottom of America.

Joshua Wheeler is from Alamogordo, New Mexico. His essays have appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Sonora Review, PANK, and The Missouri Review. He’s written feature stories for BuzzFeed and Harper’s Magazine online and is a coeditor of the anthology We Might as Well Call It the Lyric Essay. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, New Mexico State University, and has an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. He teaches creative writing at Louisiana State University.