Visiting Writer Hannah Saltmarsh

Join us in celebrating Mount Mercy's own Hannah Saltmarsh during the 2021 Visiting Writer Series! Enjoy a poetry workshop during the day, then come back for a reading in the evening.

September 22
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Teaching From Experience



About the Author

Hannah Saltmarsh is the author of the poetry collection, Hysterical Water (Univ of Georgia Press), and a book of poetry criticism. She's published essays and poems in The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, Feminist Studies, and other journals.

She is the mother of three children, and lives in Cedar Rapids. She is an assistant professor of English at Mount Mercy University where she teaches courses in American literature, creative writing, composition, and diversity studies.



Event Schedule


Poetry Workshop | 2:00 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

Poetry Reading | 7:00 PM
Betty Cherry Heritage Hall

About the Visiting Writer Series

Mount Mercy University has proudly hosted poet laureates, best-selling novelists, and writers who have won the National Book Award, the Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize.


Sandra Benitez, Chris Bohjalian, Charles Baxter, Ethan Canin, Ana Castillo, Lan Samantha Chang, K. L. Cook, Stuart Dybek, Larry Heinemann, Khaled Hosseini, Bharati Mukherjee, Thisbe Nissen, ZZ Packer, Josef Skvorecky, Barry Unsworth, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Benjamin Percy, Samrat Upadhyay, Daniel Orozco, Karen Russell, Cristina Henriquez, Keith Lesmeister, Patricia Park

Amy Butcher, Anne-Marie Cusac, Joy Castro, Matt Freedman, Patricia Hampl, Alex Kotlowitz, John T. Price, Scott Russell Sanders, Patricia Foster, Tim Wise

Jorie Graham, Joy Harjo, Robert Haas, Ted Kooser, Li-Young Lee, Heather McHugh, Czeslaw Milosz, Naomi Shihab Nye, Susan Power, Gary Soto, William Stafford, Camille Dungy, Michael Sowder, Frank X Walker, Jennifer Perrine, Drew Dellinger, James McKean, Aaron A. Abeyta, YaNi Davis


"The visiting author event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with an author whose book we had read in class." —Katie Goetz ’23

"Visiting writers let you see and know the process of a professional." —Casey Birkecht '13 

"The joy of the Visiting Writer Series is about connecting with a kindred soul. Aspiring writers are able to discuss their own fears and doubts with someone who has experienced the journey." —Kim Flugga-Ciha ’11