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Audience members file into Englert Theatre during day three of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Anne Lamott examines hope, service, and laughter ahead of visit to Englert

Charlotte McManus, Arts Reporter November 9, 2022

Anne Lamott’s writing has been praised for years as refreshingly straightforward, sweet, and funny. With her short dreads, big earrings, and thick glasses, Lamott herself comes off just like her...

The stage is surrounded by seats and an eerie backdrop for writers to perform on, on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Riverside Theatre.

Riverside Theatre’s “Ghost Light” debut delivered frights and delights on Halloween night

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter November 1, 2022

Riverside Theatre in Iowa City could not have been spookier on Halloween night as shadows danced across the walls in the eerie glare of a single light poised at center stage. The otherwise pitch-black...

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2022 Adult All Iowa Reads selection author to read from debut novel, ‘The Butterfly Effect,’ at Prairie Lights

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter October 14, 2022

Author Rachel Mans McKenny wrote her first book when she was in the fourth grade in a Mead notebook over recess about summer camp. “I filled up about 90 pages,” McKenny said. “Then I lost...

Photo illustration by Matt Sindt

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature’s 2022 Book Festival to put big ideas and local authors into the spotlight

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter September 27, 2022

Iowa City’s contributions to literature are innumerable and brilliant. Renowned writers have found inspiration and support in Iowa City, and institutions dedicated to the pursuit of literature thrive...

Ask the Author | David DeGusta

Ask the Author | David DeGusta

Parker Jones, Arts Editor September 20, 2022

David DeGusta is a second-year MFA student in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. On Sept. 25, he will take part in a conversation at Prairie Lights bookstore as part of the International Writing...

Panel for Iowa City’s Black authors to be held at Prairie Lights as part of Soul & Blues Festival

Panel for Iowa City’s Black authors to be held at Prairie Lights as part of Soul & Blues Festival

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter September 20, 2022

  Eliza David struggled to find Black female protagonists in the stories she read. So she started writing them herself. As a self-publishing novelist and blogger, librarian, and current University...

University of Iowa MFA candidate Ann Kreitman and creator of the podcast “I’m Writing to You Today” poses a portrait on the IMU Footbridge in Iowa City on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. The podcast takes listeners on a small journey through Iowa City, including on the footbridge, while detailing LGBTQ history.

UI MFA candidate Ann Kreitman expands the medium of theater

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter August 4, 2022

Soon after Ann Kreitman came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she happened upon a book of queer love letters. For years, Kreitman said she felt like an outcast in her identity, never seeing...

Contributed photo of Corinne Stanley,  an Iowan writer and educator, who held a reading of her latest work, “La Tercera Luz: A Poetic Journey Through Spain,” on July 21 at MERGE, IC.

UI alum and language facilitator publishes novel on voyage to Spain

Vaishnavi Kolluru, Arts Reporter July 26, 2022

Corinne Stanley, an Iowan writer and educator, held a reading of her latest work,  “La Tercera Luz: A Poetic Journey Through Spain,” on July 21 at MERGE, IC. The room was decorated with bright...

University of Iowa Workshop Alumn T.C. Boyle poses for a portrait on the Iowa Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City, Iowa on May 4, 2022.

Internationally acclaimed author and Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum T.C. Boyle to return to Iowa City

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter May 4, 2022

Thomas Coraghessan Boyle was a student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974 when he discovered that humans were trying to teach apes' sign language. This caused him to question the social order enforced...

Beach Bunnys Lili Trifilio sings at the Englert Theatre as part of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Mission Creek Festival returns to rock Iowa City

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter April 10, 2022

The lights dim, and for a moment, everyone holds their breath in anticipation. A guitar riff pierces the silence, and the Mission Creek Festival commences.  The Mission Creek Festival, spanning...

A writer speaks at Prairie Lights as part of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Mission Creek Festival presents Writers of Color Reading Series

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter April 9, 2022

Drue Denmon was a student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Young Writers Institute when she met and worked with professor Tameka Cage Conley. Conley, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, detailed...

The inside of Prairie Lights is seen in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Prairie Lights returns to hosting in-person events

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter April 6, 2022

The second floor of Prairie Lights Bookstore once held lively and inspirational Q&A’s from local authors, then the pandemic forced it to sit still and quiet, its long shelves full of books ignored...

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