DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts to Host FREE Virtual Reading and Q&A with Authors Tim Seibles and Jill McCorkle

Posted 3/24/2021

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

  • Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry.

  • Jill McCorkle has written six novels and four collections of short stories.

  • McCorkle's novel, “Life After Life," was a New York Times bestseller.

Authors Tim Seibles and Jill McCorkle will headline a FREE Virtual Reading and Q&A Session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tues., March 30, via Zoom as the 2021 DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts continues this spring.

This is the 18th year that DMACC has held an annual Celebration of the Literary Arts, but is the first time the event has been held entirely online. Last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic.

Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which won the Theod​ore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His latest work of poetry, “One Turn Around the Sun," was published by Etruscan Press in 2017.

Seibles' poems have been published in the Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Cortland Review, Ploughshares Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry. Seibles is Professor Emeritus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

Jill McCorkle's first two novels were released simultaneously when she was just out of college, and the New York Times called her “a born novelist." Since then, she has published six novels and four collections of short stories, and her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Five of her books have been named New York Times Notable books, and her novel, “Life After Life," was a New York Times bestseller.

She has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature, and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Garden and Gun, The Atlantic and other publications. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard University, where she also chaired the department of creative writing. McCorkle is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

To attend this free Zoom event, register here.

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

Selected Writings:

"Blade, Unplugged" ―

"Delores Jepps" ―

"PS" ―

"Magic Words" ― ​​

For more information, contact: Marc Dickinson,​           ​

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