Local author Lesmeister to visit MMU Sept. 28

Author Keith Lesmeister, who was raised in Cedar Rapids and currently resides in Decorah, will visit Mount Mercy University on Sept. 28 for a 3:30 p.m. Q&A and 7 p.m. reading.

Lesmeister’s short story collection, “We Could’ve Been Happy Here,” examines the human heart amongst unique and challenged relationships, set in the Midwest—sometimes in Cedar Rapids. His writing style has been described as “dark” or “gothic."

“His fiction tackles important issues such as aging, substance abuse, divorce and war,” said Mount Mercy Professor of English Mary Vermillion. “But even though his stories tackle painful subjects, they also include funny moments. Notably, ‘We Could've Been Happy Here’ has been praised by best-selling novelist Benjamin Percy.”

His writing has appeared or will appear in the Gettysburg Review, North American Review, Sycamore Review, BULL and Free State Review.

“Keith is not only a fantastic author, but also a teacher of writing,” Vermillion said. “He’ll have much to share with young emerging writers. Athletes will especially enjoy his story about basketball, and nursing students will love his story about a young woman whose mother is dying of cancer.”

Lesmeister is visiting as a part of the Mount Mercy Visiting Writers Series.

Both events will take place in Flaherty Community Room, 204 Basile Hall. They are free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

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