Thursday, April 24, 2014

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumni Jane Mead, Larissa Szporluk, and Heidi Johannesen Poon will read from their poetry at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. The reading also will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University website.

Mead, co-owner of Prairie Lights, will read from her new book, Money Money Money Water Water Water: A Trilogy. Mead is the author of three previous collections of poetry, and her poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals. She was the Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, and teaches in the Drew University low-residency MFA program.

Szporluk is the author of Dark Sky Question, which won the Barnard Poetry Prize; Isolato, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; The Wind, Master Cherry, The Wind; Embryos and Idiots; and Traffic with Macbeth. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and currently teaches at Bowling Green State University.

Poon’s writing has been supported by Fellowships from Brown University, the University of Iowa, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She had the gift of an Irish Residency with Carlow University through the Patricia Dobler Award and published her first chapbook, The Good News of the Ground, with the Poetry Society of America.

The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is a graduate program in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this reading, call Jan Weissmiller at Prairie Lights in advance at 319-337-2681.

For a UI arts calendar and details about upcoming events visit the Arts Iowa website.