Celebration of Literary Arts

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2023 Celebration of Literary Arts Festival​

The Celebration of Literary Arts Festival was initiated at DMACC in conjunction with the National Poetry Festival. The purpose of this celebration is to bring noted fiction and poetry writers to the six DMACC campuses to read their works and interact with students. Central to th​e festival is the idea that writers can be published and that one can indeed make a living as a professional writer or professional writer/faculty member. In addition to readings on campus, writers have evening readings at a local bookstore. Each year, the writers read at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines. 

For additional information contact Celebration of Literary Arts Coordinator, Marc Dickinson, 515-964-6221.​​​

Schedule of Events

Matt Bell
Peter Ho Davies​
Wednesday, September 28th
12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. (CT)

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Charles Baxter
Lan Samantha Chang​
Wednesday, October 19th
12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. (CT)
Ankeny Campus: Building 2, Room 25B

Wednesday, October 19th
7:00 p.m. (CT)
Beaverdale Books
January Gill O'Neil
Lynn Melnick
Monday, December 5​th
12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. (CT)

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​ Tyehimba Jess
Nikky Finney
Monday, February 15​th
12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. (CT)

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Ron Rash​
Bonnie Jo Campbell​
Monday, March 20th
12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. (CT)

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Traci Brimhall​
Chigozie Obioma
Monday, April 3rd​​

Ankeny Campus
Building 2, room 25B
12:00 p.m. (CT)

Beaverdale Books
6:30 p.m. (CT) Creative Writing Winners
​ 7:00 p.m. ​(CT) Traci Brimhall and Chicozie Obioma


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