Category: Creative Writing

January Emerging Writers Reader Series

Join us at Design on Main next week to hear the wondrous creative work of four of our MFA students: Crystal Stone, Mike Robbins, Alana Jones, and Natalie Deam. Festivities will begin at 7:00pm on January 16 and, as always, snacks and refreshments will be provided (to which you are always welcome to contribute). And, … Continue reading January Emerging Writers Reader Series

January 16, 2020, 7:00pm | Design on Main

Kristen Iversen Craft Talk

Please join us for a craft talk hosted by author Kristen Iversen.  As part of the Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series, she will talk about research, art, ethics, and aesthetics in creative non-fiction.

December 3, 2019, 2:00-3:30pm | Ross 212

MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment’s 2019 writing retreat

Lakeside Lab, a 147-acre regents universities research and teaching field station on Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa, hosted the English Department’s MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment October 18-20.  The expedition was intended as the environmental field trip that is part of the introductory MFA course for the first-year cohort, English 550: Craft & … Continue reading MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment’s 2019 writing retreat

Rob Nixon — Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series and 2019 Goldtrap Lecture

Environmental Martyrs and the Fate of the Forest Rob Nixon is a nonfiction writer and public intellectual working in the environmental humanities and postcolonial studies. He is the Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. The author of four books, most recently Slow Violence and the Environmental­ism  of the Poor, Nixon … Continue reading Rob Nixon — Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers Series and 2019 Goldtrap Lecture

October 28, 2019, 7:00pm | Sun Room, Memorial Union

Katy Yocom — Three Ways to Disappear

In her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, Katy Yocom explores the story of journalist, Sarah DeVaughan.  Leaving behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist, DeVaughan returns to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers. Meanwhile, at home in Kentucky, her … Continue reading Katy Yocom — Three Ways to Disappear

MFA Program Home Voices Festival

Friday, January 31, 3 – 5 PM (reading & panel discussions) Join us for this celebration of alumni of the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment. This yearly festival features readings and craft discussions with alums of the MFA program who have recently published books.

January 31, 2020, 3:00-5:00pm | Ames Public Library

Kristen Iversen   — Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

In this lecture, Kristen Iversen will read from and discuss her process of researching her award-winning work of nonfiction, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, which has been chosen by more than 25 universities for their Common Read programs and is soon to be released as a documentary.

December 3, 2019, 7:00pm | Sun Room, Memorial Union

The Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series & Signal Poetry Festival

The Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series is partnering with the  to feature two invited poets, Lee Ann Roripaugh & Indigo Moor, for events on Friday, September 13th Informal Craft Lecture 2:00 – 3:30 PM Ross 212   Signal Poetry Festival Reading, featuring poets, Indigo Moor & Lee Ann Roripaugh 7:00 PM Ames Public Library   … Continue reading The Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series & Signal Poetry Festival

Debra Marquart Receives LAS Dean’s Faculty Fellow in the Arts, Named Distinguished Professor

Professor Debra Marquart received the 2019-2020 Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Faculty Fellow in the Arts.  This award is designed to further enhance the visibility and reputation of high-performing faculty in the creative and performing arts. Professor Marquart was also named Distinguished Professor, which is awarded for exemplary performance in research and/or creative activities as … Continue reading Debra Marquart Receives LAS Dean’s Faculty Fellow in the Arts, Named Distinguished Professor