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Writers’ Workshop alum shares writing process and inspiration for bestselling novel, ‘Such a Fun Age’

Maddie Johnston, Arts Reporter March 2, 2021

Awkward situations, racist remarks, and class in America; these are all aspects of modern culture that author Kiley Reid wanted to explore when she began writing her 2019 debut novel, Such a Fun Age, a...


Student Spotlight: Citrus Sunday anticipates LP release

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter March 2, 2021

Citrus Sunday lead singer Travis Siegel once told The Daily Iowan that an album for the band would rise “from the ashes.” The pandemic-born LP, entitled First Light, will release on March 5 with...

Poet Caryl Pagel reads an excerpt from

Authors Caryl Pagel and Lauren Shapiro speak on themes in their latest works at Prairie Lights reading

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter February 27, 2021

Members of the Iowa City community virtually welcomed the Prairie Lights reading experience into their homes on Friday night,  Caryl Pagel, author of Out of Nowhere Into Nothing, spoke with Arena...

Voxman Music Building, 93 E. Burlington St. as seen on Monday, Feb. 23, 2021. Houses the U of Iowa School of Music.

School of Music to respond to social injustice with creative performance

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter February 25, 2021

Tonight, the School of Music will bring a unique and creative look at how American society handles situations of racial injustice and inequality through an all-virtual performance. Titled “Face...

University of Iowa freshman, Lily Woodard, poses for a portrait in a Daum Residence Hall lounge on Thursday, Feb. 25. She had to perform for the 10-Minute Play Festival alone in the lounge over Zoom because of COVID and provide her own costume. Woodard said, “The show must go on.”

The Ten-Minute Play festival to bring out underutilized talents in its participants

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter February 25, 2021

Undergraduate playwrights and actors have had the opportunity to showcase their talents through the University of Iowa Theatre Department’s Ten-Minute Play Festival for 24 years. Like most theater...

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UI graduates uplift Black voices in new film, “nature of the dream”

Maddie Johnston, Arts Reporter February 25, 2021

The year 2020 was a watershed moment for racial justice as protests rippled across the country after George Floyd’s killing. For University of Iowa graduate and director Miriam Randolph, these issues,...

Photo of Graduate student; Juliet Remmers in “Dream Memory of the Future”, a film project directed by Associate Professor; Jennifer Kayle and co-created with graduate students in dance; Emmalee Hallinan, Mariko Ishikawa, Michael Landez and Juliet Remmers. This film features poetry by Wana Udobang. Contributed.

Eyes Closed Eyes Open to bring International Writing Program and Department of Dance together

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter February 24, 2021

The International Writing Program and the University of Iowa Department of Dance collaborate annually on a visual presentation and this year is no exception. The Eyes Closed Eyes Open event is a performance...

From left to right, Sidekick Coffee manager Katy Herbold, The Haunted Bookshop manager Nialle Sylvan and her husband Joshua Langseth, and Prairie Lights manager Jan Weissmiller pose for a portrait. Contributed. (Sidekick Coffee photo by Rebecca Sanabria)

One Book Two Book Festival celebrates youth reading and writing in virtual format

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter February 24, 2021

This weekend the One Book Two Book Festival, coordinated by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, will celebrate its 10th anniversary of championing the reading and writing of children...

A Burge Marketplace worker serves a line of students on Monday, August 26th, 2020. Due to health and safety regulations as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19, the dining hall process has been streamlined with an advanced registration process and a takeout meal process.

Life at Iowa: Back to the dining halls we go

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter February 23, 2021

For new students living in the residence halls at the University of Iowa, sitting in the dining halls to eat with friends has not been an option this academic year. Residents have become accustomed...

The University Orchestra, conducted by Megan Maddaleno, rehearses in the Voxman music building on Feb. 15, 2021.

UI School of Music addresses lack of diversity in classical music, steps to improve

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter February 22, 2021

Classical music in America has been historically and predominantly white. Orchestras large and small have followed the traditional canon of white European male composers since its inception hundreds...

Photo of Robert Kemp and Jessica Murillo who star in

City Circle to virtually present musical comedy ‘First Date’ for first show of the year

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter February 21, 2021

Bringing the love right into Coralville and Iowa City homes, City Circle Theatre Company will present “First Date: A Musical Comedy” from Feb. 26 to 28. First Date premiered on Broadway on Aug....

Photo of Jeremy 
Geragotelis, writer and performer, from An Unsettled Body. Contributed by director Kenneth Collins.

‘An Unsettled Body,’ to explore historical moment through new lens

Maddie Johnston, Arts Reporter February 18, 2021

On a Sunday morning in 1661, in the small town of Newbury, Massachusetts, a young Quaker woman named Lydia walked naked into her church. In 17th century New England, Puritans exerted extreme power...

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