Joan McBreen and Noel Monahan, two of Ireland's most accomplished contemporary poets, will visit UNI as part of their U.S. tour. Sample their poetry at http://www.joanmcbreen.com/new.html and http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=338&a=167. Their visit is sponsored by the Department of Languages & LIteratures.
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A craft terroir, following the logic of craft culture in general, might include a network of relationships and ideas that shape an understanding or sensibility of place as well as what comes from a specific place. Jeff Rice will discuss a specific type of craft terroir, that of craft beer, and in particular, how a craft terroir of beer works from the logic of networks. Digital networks. Emotional networks. Personal networks. Networks of taste. Beginning with Russian River's famed Pliny the Elder Double IPA, he explores how all of these items contribute to a craft terroir ordering and classification of place.
Grant Tracey is the author of several collections of fiction including Lovers & Strangers and Playing Mac: A Novella in Two Acts. A longtime fiction editor of the North American Review, Tracey has also written and directed the play According to Chelsea. Open mic signup is at 7p.m. Share your best five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m.
Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 13 books across genres including All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994-2014, Scything Grace and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line. Open mic sign up is at 7 p.m. Share your best five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m.
Bruce Whiteman is the author of the new collection of poetry, Intimate Letters: The Invisible World Is in Decline, Book VII. He is poet, translator, and reviewer with more than a dozen books to his credit, including Tristia (Vero Press) and The Forger Contemplates Rossetti (Lyceum Press).
The Final Thursday Reading Series features guest regional authors and provides a forum where local writers can share their own work. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. You are invited to share your best five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. and the featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period. FTRS is a collaboration between the Hearst Center for the Arts, Final Thursday Press, and the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences. Free and open to the public.
Bridgette Bates will read from her poetry collection What Is Not Missing Is Light, which takes the reader inside a museum to view fragments of statues that have become emblematic of historical and cultural decay and perseverance.
Bridgette Bates’ poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, VERSE and elsewhere. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a “Discovery” Prize, she is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Originally from Nashville, she lives in Los Angeles where she is the writer-in-residence at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and a frequent features contributor to the Kirkus Reviews. Bates’ debut collection, What Is Not Missing Is Light, winner of Rescue Press’ Black Box Poetry Prize, will be released this November.
Cedar Falls native Laura Farmer, author and director of Cornell College’s Writing Studio, is November's featured reader. She will be reading her short story, "A Lesson in Geography," which details a widower trying to navigate the world--and raise his daughter--without his wife. Like many of her stories, it is set in a fictional amalgam of Cedar Falls and Waterloo, where Farmer was raised.
Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Creative writers are invited to bring five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction to share. Singer-songwriters are also welcome to use the Hearst Center’s grand piano. Farmer takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows.This event is free and open to the public.
As Walt Whitman, re-enactor Bill Koch, languages and literatures, performs his multi-media one-man show that explains Whitman's life and times, reciting his poetry. Especially relevant as the country marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War are Whitman's reflections and poetry on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. Open to the public free of charge.
This month's FTRS features Adrianne Finlay, assistant professor of English at Upper Iowa University, whose young adult novel-in-progress in titled Feedback.
Season 13 of FTRS kicks off with Julianne Couch, author of Traveling the Power Line: From the Mohave Desert to the Bay of Fundy. Couch is a journalist and essayist whose work also includes Jukeboxes and Jackalopes: A Wyoming Bar Journey and Waking Up Western: Collected Essays. Check out a sample of Traveling the Power Line at: http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Traveling-the-Power-Line,675636.aspx.
The Final Thursday Reading series is a monthly event that features published authors and gives all creative writers an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a live, friendly audience. Bring your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. Open mic signup starts at 7 p.m. with open mic beginning at 7:15 p.m. Featured reader Julianne Couch takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a Q&A session after the reading, time permitting.
The Final Thursday Reading Series is sponsored by Final Thursday Press, The Hearst Center for the Arts, and the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences. Coffee is provided by Cup of Joe.
FTRS returns in September with featured reader Adrianne Finlay.