DMACC’s Annual Celebration of the Literary Arts Goes Virtual in 2021

Posted 2/11/2021

This marks the 18th Year of DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

  • Caitlin Horrocks (above left), author of the novel "The Vexations," is the first to read from her works at this year's event.

  • The Vexations by Horrocks was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal.

  • ​Kate Wisel (above right), author of "Driving in Cars with Homeless Men," will also read from her works.

DMACC's annual Celebration of Literary Arts will be held virtually this year and span 10 weeks compared to the three-day celebration held in previous years. Local and national authors will read from their works virtually via Zoom meetings, with one or two authors reading during a one-hour time frame each week.

This marks the 18th year DMACC has held an annual Celebration of the Literary Arts. Last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic.

The first event of the 2021 celebration will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., on Thur., Feb. 18th, when award-winning authors Caitlin Horrocks and Kate Wisel read from their works (register to attend here).

Horrocks is the author of the novel "The Vexations" (Little, Brown), named one of the Ten Best Books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. Her story collection "This Is Not Your City" was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her latest story collection, "Life Among the Terranauts," was published by Little, Brown in 2021.

Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, as well as other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the MacDowell Colony.

Horrocks is on the advisory board of the Kenyon Review, where she recently served as fiction editor. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her family.

Wisel is the author of "Driving in Cars with Homeless Men," winner of the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, selected by Min Jin Lee. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications that include Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Tin House online, Los Angeles Review, New Ohio Review, The Best Small Fictions 2019, Redivider (as winner of the Beacon Street Prize) and elsewhere.

She is the recipient of the “Poetry on the T" prize and the Marcia Keach Prize. She was a Carol Houck fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and awarded scholarships at The Wesleyan Writer's Conference, the Squaw Valley Writer's Workshop, the Juniper Institute, Writing x Writer's at Tomales Bay and Methow Valley and elsewhere.

Wisel lives in Chicago where she teaches at Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University.    

To attend the readings by Horrocks and Wisel, register here:

The Zoom meeting is free and open to the public.

For more on DMACC's Celebration of Literary Arts, contact Ankeny Campus Professor and Celebration of Literary Arts Coordinator Marc Dickinson at (515) 964-6221 or   

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