News Archive : Visiting Writers Series

James McKean
March 28, 2018 - 9:38am
Mount Mercy University is pleased to welcome back author and Mount Mercy Professor Emeritus James McKean for the annual Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, April 5. McKean will lead a Q&A at 3:30 p.m. followed by a reading at 7 p.m., both in in Flaherty Community Room, 204 Basile Hall.
October 23, 2017 - 8:51am
Mount Mercy University’s Visiting Writers Series will feature spoken word poet Drew Dellinger on Thursday, Oct. 26. Dellinger will host a poetry performance at 3:30 p.m. and a lecture at 7 p.m., both in McAuley Theater on Mount Mercy’s campus.
September 25, 2017 - 8:24am
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."
April 4, 2017 - 9:50am
Award-winning poet Jennifer Perrine will visit Mount Mercy University Thursday, April 6, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Perrine is the author of “No Confession, No Mass,” winner of the 2016 Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award and the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her previous books include “In the Human Zoo,” recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and “The Body Is No Machine,” winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry.
October 5, 2016 - 1:47pm
Mount Mercy University will welcome author Cristina Henríquez to speak on Oct. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall and at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy as a part of the 2016 Visiting Writers Series. In her first discussion at 3:30 p.m., Henríquez will explain the creative process. “It Starts With a Sentence” is a look into how she creates, exploring how a single sentence turns into a powerful story. She will also examine the role of editing, taking audience members through the making of a short story.
April 8, 2016 - 9:31am
Mount Mercy University will welcome award-winning writer and essayist Amy Butcher to speak on April 11 in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. Butcher will speak on her memoir “Visiting Hours” at a 3:30 p.m. Q&A and again during a 7 p.m. reading.

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