DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

Posted 3/25/2019

​​​Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC’s) 17th annual Celebration of the Literary Arts will be held April 8-10. ​​​DMACC’s Celebration of the Literary Arts is an annual literary festival that brings national and Iowa-writers to DMACC’s six campuses. The celebration includes readings, master’s workshops and classroom visits.


 

Newton Campus

Lauren Haldeman, a comic book artist and poet, and Dr. Jennifer Colville, an author, will read from their works from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, April 8 at the DMACC Newton Campus.

Haldeman is the author of Instead of Dying (winner of the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry), Calenday (2014) and the chapbook The Eccentricity is Zero (2014).  Her work has appeared in Tin House, The Colorado Review, Fence, Tupelo Quarterly and others.  She received an Iowa Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. 

Colville earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah.  Her stories have appeared in The Literary Review, The Mississippi Review, The Iowa Review, Diagram and on the Huffington Post.  A collection of her short stories, “Elegies for Uncanny Girls," was published by Indiana University Press in 2017.  Colville is the founding editor of

PromptPressa journal for the interplay of visual art and writing.  She co-runs the Free Generative Writing Workshops in Iowa City.​

For more information about the Newton event, contact Lauren Rice, (641) 791-1746 or lrrice@dmacc.edu.  For more information about the Celebration of Literary Arts, contact Marc Dickinson, madickinson@dmacc.edu.​


 

​​Carroll​​ Campus

Iowa writers Brian Burmeister and Jacob Dawson will read from their works from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9 in Rooms 142/146 on the DMACC Carroll Campus.

Burmeister teaches English and Communication at Iowa State University. He regularly contributes to Clever Magazine, Compulsive Reader and the Sport Literature Association. His work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, Thin Air Magazine and dozens of other publications. His debut collection of poetry, The Things We Did, All the Things that We Do, is currently available from Finishing Line Press.

Dawson teaches English at Iowa State University. His short stories have appeared in PANK Magazine and BartlebySnopes. He is a former Veterans Creative Writing Fellow at New York University, where he taught creative writing to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, while earning his M.F.A.  He is currently working on The Price We Pay, a whodunit murder mystery novel set in rural Illinois.


 

Boone Campus

​Novelist John Domini and Science Fiction Writer Lettie Prell will read from their works in the DMACC Boone Campus Auditorium from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, April 9.

Domini has written three books of stories, the latest, MOVIEOLA!, which won praise in Vanity Fair and elsewhere.  Three novels have also appeared, two set in Naples, Italy, part of a loose trilogy; he final will appear in June 2019.  He has won awards in fiction with Paris Review and non-fiction in The New York Times. He has received grants including an NEA Fellowship and an Iowa Major Artist Award.  Domini has taught at Harvard, Northwestern and elsewhere.  He now lives in Des Moines.

Prell is a science fiction writer, who lives in Des Moines.   Her stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Tor.com, Apex Magazine, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Her work has been reprinted in anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018 Edition, and Neil Clarke’s The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Two.


 

West Campus

Iowa writers Laura Cesarco Eglin and Steve Rose will read from their works from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 in the DMACC West Campus Auditorium.

Cesarco Eglin is the Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Culture Studies at Simpson College. She is the author of three collections of poetry and two chapbooks, including Reborn in Ink (World Works, 2019) and Occasions to Call Miracles Appropriate (The Lune, 2015). Her poetry and translations have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, MiPOesias, Eleven Eleven, Puerto del Sol, Copper Nickel, Spoon River Poetry Review, International Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, among other literary magazines and journals. She is also the co-founding editor and publisher of Veliz Books.

Rose, a retired Simpson College professor, has been published in numerous publications including The Midwestern Review, The Journal of Medical Literature, Dime Bag of Poetry and placed five times in the Lyrical Iowa’s “adult general” category. He won second place in a short story contest, “About a Nebraska Town,” sponsored by the Nebraska Writers’ Guild in 2018. In addition, he has published two books of poetry: Hard Papas in 2014 and Nebraska and Other States in 2017. He continues to write, while also pursuing bass fishing and bicycling as much as possible.


 

Urban Campus

Two national authors will read from their works on the DMACC Urban Campus Bldg. #1 during the Celebration of Literary Arts. The two include:

  • Jamel Brinkley will read from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Monday, April 8. He is the author of A Lucky Man, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and the John Leonard Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writings have appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction and Tin House. He has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

  • Jericho Brown will read from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Monday, April 8. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment of the Arts. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal and Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of The Tradition. His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time and the Pushcart Anthology. Brown is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta

  • In addition, Brinkley, Brown, Allison and Smith will have a book signing and reading from their works at 7 p.m., Monday, April 8 at Beaverdale Books. DMACC Creative Writing Contest Winners will also read their works starting at 6:30 p.m.​


 

Ankeny Campus

Two other national authors will read from their works on the DMACC Ankeny Campus Bldg. #2 Room 25B during the Celebration of Literary Arts. The two include:

  • Dorothy Allison, who will read from 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., Tuesday, April 9. Her best-selling novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, was a finalist for the National Book Award and has been translated into more than a dozen languages, as well as made into a feature film. She is also the author of the poetry collection, The Women Who Hate Me. Her story collection, Trash, won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association’s Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Her novel, Cavedweller, was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. She is also the author of the essay collection, Skin: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature and a memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New Stories from the South, and she’s been the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. She is a contributing editor for Tin House and has taught at Davidson College, Emory University and Columbia College.

  • Maggie Smith will read from 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., Tuesday, April 9. She is the author of three award-winning books of poem: Lamp of the Body, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison and Good Bones, named by the Washington Post as one of the five best poetry books of 2017. The title poem of her most recent book was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. The poem went viral internationally after the Pulse Nightclub shooting and was featured in the Washington Post, the CBS primetime drama, Madame Secretary as well as Meryl Streep reading the poem at the 2017 Academy of American Poets gala at the Lincoln Center. Smith’s poems have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Believer, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review and Best American Poetry anthology. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Smith has taught at Gettysburg College, The Ohio State University MFA program and is currently the Visiting Poet at Ohio Wesleyan University.

  • Grant Faulkner, executive director of the National Novel Writing Novel; Kim Magowan, a fiction writer; and Michelle N. Ross, another fiction writer, will read from their works from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 in Bldg. #2 Room 25B on the Ankeny Campus.

  • In addition, Brinkley, Brown, Allison and Smith will have a book signing and reading from their works at 7 p.m., Monday, April 8 at Beaverdale Books. DMACC Creative Writing Contest Winners will also read their works starting at 6:30 p.m.
All Celebration of Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.!!​

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