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Due to concerns about the novel coronavirus, the Mission Creek Festival will be rescheduled. Please visit their website for details.
The Sun will take part in this year’s Mission Creek Festival, an intimate music and literature celebration highlighting independent artists and publishers. Events are held in venues around downtown Iowa City. We will have a table at the book fair and will host a free reading and a free writing workshop in partnership with the Iowa Writers’ House. Our regular retreats are on hiatus this year, so this is one of your few chances to come see us in person.
Date: Friday, April 3
Doors: 7 pm
Venue: The Tuesday Agency
Admission: Free and open to the public (space is limited; admission not guaranteed)
Featuring T Kira Madden, Michael Torres, and Natalia Reyes
T Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens and author of the memoir Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. (Photo by Jac Martinez)
Natalia Reyes is the Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writer Fellow in Fiction at the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Latin American Literature Today, and Nexos, and on Iowa Public Radio. Reyes received her MFA in English from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow.
Michael Torres was born in Pomona, California, where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His first full-length collection of poems, An Incomplete List of Names, will be published by Beacon Press in 2020. He’s an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a teaching artist with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.
Date: Saturday, April 4
Doors: 11 am — 5 pm
Venue: The Mill
Admission: Free and open to the public
Featuring literary magazines and independent publishers representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today.
Date: Saturday, April 4
Doors: 12 pm
Venue: The Iowa Writers’ House
Admission: Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In this event, Sun assistant editor Derek Askey will discuss the Readers Write section and share advice for being published. In response to Readers Write prompts, attendees will put pen to paper and, if desired, share their work in a comfortable, supportive environment. A Q&A session will cap off this gathering.
The workshop is presented in partnership with the Iowa Writers’ House and Mission Creek Literary Festival.