Celebration of Literary Arts

​​2018 Celebration of Literary Arts Festival - April 2-4

The Celebration of Literary Arts Festival was initiated at DMACC in conjunction with the National Poetry Festival. The purpose of this celebration is to bring noted fiction and poetry writers to the six DMACC campuses to read their works and interact with students. Central to the festival is the idea that writers can be published and that one can indeed make a living as a professional writer or professional writer/faculty member. In addition to readings on campus, writers have evening readings at a local bookstore. Each year, the writers read at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines. 

For additional information contact Celebration of Literary Arts Coordinator, Marc Dickinson, 515-964-6221.

2018 Participating Writers

National Writers

​​Pam Houston
University of California, Davis
 
University of California, Los Angeles​


 
​​Jennifer Chang
George Washington University
                   
Warren Wilson MFA Program
 

Iowa Writers

Dean Bakopoulos
Grinnell College

Alissa Nutting
Grinnell College
Chloe Clark
Iowa State University

George Barlow
Grinnell College

Claire Kruesel
Iowa State University

Jennifer Wilson
St. Martin’s Press

Ryan Collins
St. Ambrose University

Paula Smith
Grinnell College

Michaela Mullin
Nomadic Press

Emma Murray
Gold Wake Press

​» View the complete schedule of e​vents

 

 

Archives of Celebration of Literary Arts Festivals

2017 Festival

Fiction

  • Charles Baxter, University of Minnesota
  • Kevin Brockmeier, Iowa Writers’ Workshop
  • Megan Mayhew Bergman, Bennington College
  • Charles D'Ambrosio​, Iowa Writers’ Workshop​

Poets

  • Tarfia Faizullah, University of Michigan​
  • Oliver de la Paz, College of the Holy Cross

Iowa Writers

  • ​Devon Walker-Figueroa, Iowa Writer's Workshop/Poetry Editor Iowa Review
  • M. Molly Backes, Iowa State University
  • Ralph James Savarese, Grinnell College
  • Molly McDonald, Iowa State University
  • Rick Christman, DMACC, Professor Emeritus
  • Hai-Dang Phan, Grinnel College
  • Ned Balbo, Iowa State University
  • Calla Devlin, Young Adult Novelist

2016 Festival

Fiction

  • Matt Bell, Arizona State University
  • Robin Balck, Rutgers University-Camden, MFA Program

Poets

  • Kevin Prufer, University of Houston
  • Ada Limon, Queens University of Charlotte, Low Residency MFA

Iowa Writers

  • Tim Bascom, Waldorf College
  • Paul Brooke, Grand View University
  • Meg Johnson, Iowa State University
  • Jennifer L. Knox, Iowa State University
  • Magogodi Makhene, Iowa Writer's Workshop
  • Ralph James Savarese, Grinnell College

 

2015 Festival

 

Fiction

  • Bret Anthony Johnston, Harvard University
  • Rebecca Makkai, Sierra Nevada College

Poets

  • Roger Reeves, Univeristy of Illinois, Chicago
  • Rebecca Hazelton, Oklahoma State University

Iowa Writers

  • Barbara Haas, Iowa State University
  • Christiana Langenberg, Iowa State University
  • Kyle McCord, Grand View University
  • Sarah Smith, Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Brian Spears, Drake University
  • Grant Tracey, University of Northern Iowa

 

2014 Festival

Fiction

  • Laura van den Berg, Emerson College
  • Evie Shockley, Rutgers University

Poets

  • Alan Heathcock, Boise State University
  • Ross Gay, Indiana University

Iowa Writers

  • Jim O'Loughlin, University of Northern Iowa
  • Kali VanBaale, Drake University
  • Hannah Loeb, Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Larry Baker, Kirkwood Community College
  • K.L. Cook, Iowa State University
  • Charissa Menefee, Iowa State University

 

2013 Festival

Fiction

  • Kyle Minor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Fall 2013
  • Ron Carlson, University of California, Irvine
  • Caitlin Horrocks, Grand Valley State University

Poets

  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil, State University of New York
  • Matthew Dickman, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Iowa Writers 

  • Mary Swander, Iowa State University
  • Jeremy Schraffenberger, University of Northern Iowa
  • Heather Derr-Smith, Iowa State University
  • David Wolf, Simpson College
  • Deborah Kennedy, Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Winifred Moranville, Simpson College

 

2012 Festival

 Fiction

  • Charles D'Ambrosio
  • Danielle Evans

Poets

  • Dorianne Laux
  • Joseph Millar

Iowa Writers 

  • David Zimmerman, Iowa State University
  • Grant Tracey , University of Northern Iowa
  • Jennifer Perrine, Drake University
  • Neal Bowers, Iowa State University
  • May Letter, Drake University
  • Vince Gotera, University of Northern Iowa

 

2011 Festival

Fiction

  • Antonya Nelson, University of Houston
  • Steven Schwartz, Colorado State University

Poets

  • Denise Duhamel, Florida International University
  • C. Dale Young, Warren Wilson MFA Program

Iowa Writers 

  • Benjamin Percy, Iowa State University
  • Grant Tracey, University of Northern Iowa
  • B.J. Love, Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Deb Marquart, Iowa State University
  • Carol Spaulding-Kruse, Drake University
  • Yasmina Madden, Drake University

 

2010 Festival

  • Fiction writer Jonas Agee, Head of the Creative Writing Program at University of Nebraska and author of 6 novels
  • Fiction Writer CJ Hribal from Marquette University in Wisconsin
  • Poet Camille Dungy from San Francisco State in California
  • Poet Kevin Stein from Bradley in Illinois (former Poet Laureate of Illinois)