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POSTPONED: Who We Are, Where We've Been: The Burmese Community in Waterloo and Cedar Falls


Two short documentaries, followed by a short presentation and a panel discussion with local Burmese residents, will highlight the background to the arrival in Wateroo and Cedar Falls of a large Burmese refugee community and their adjustment to life in the United States.

Jack Smith Fiction Reading

Jack Smith’s most current work of fiction is Icon, published by Serving House Books in 2014. His satirical novel Hog to Hog won the 2007 George Garrett Fiction Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2008. He has published stories in a number of literary magazines, including Southern ReviewNorth American ReviewTexas ReviewX-ConnectIn Posse Review, and Night Train. His creative writing book,Write and Revise for Publication: A 6-Month Plan for Crafting an Exceptional Novel and Other Works of Fiction , was published in 2013 by Writer's Digest Books. In addition to his writing, Smith co-edits The Green Hills Literary Lantern, an online literary magazine published by Truman State University.

Jeff Rice: "Craft Terroir"

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.

Final Thursday Series: Grant Tracey

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.

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Bruce Whiteman

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 Poetry Reading

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.

Final Thursday Reading Series: Laura Farmer

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.

Walt Whitman Live!

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.


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