Lance M. Sacknoff and Stefanie Brook Trout are the editors of Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. This anthology presents 68 writers’ various interpretations and appreciations of the Midwest. The book celebrates the landscape of the Midwest and its inhabitants. Sacknoff’s expertise also lies in environmental criticism with specific attention to human-environmental communication and ecosemiotics. Trout is a Midwestern writer and also a candidate in Iowa State University’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing and Environment.
Now in its fourteenth season, 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. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Participants may share five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows. Sponsored by Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Cup of Joe. Open to the public, free of charge.