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DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

Campus: Boone
Location: Auditorium
9:40 AM – 11:05 AM

Poet Ned Balbo and Fiction Author Calla Devlin will read from their works in the DMACC Boone Campus Auditorium from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, April 4. 

Balbo 's The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press) was selected for the Donald Justice Prize and also awarded the 2012 Poets ' Prize.  He also wrote Lives of the Sleepers (University of Notre Dame Press), which was selected for the Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize, received a ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal and was a finalist for the Arlin G. Meyer Prize of the Lilly Fellows Program. 

Galileo 's Banquet Washington Writers ' Publishing House) shared the Towson University Prize for Literature.  His fourth book of poetry, Upcycling Paumanok, will appear from Measure Press soon.  Balbo 's works have appeared in Cimarron Review, Iowa Review, New Criterion, Notre Dame Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere.

Balbo currently teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University.

Devlin is the author of Tell Me Something Real, a finalist for the 2017 American Library Association 's YALSA 's Morris Award, which hones debut fiction for teens.  Devlin is a Pushcart nominee and writer of the best of Blood and Thunder Award.  Her works have been included in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

All Celebration of Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.

DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

Campus: Carroll
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Iowa writers M. Molly Backes and Molly McDonald will read from their works from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4 on the DMACC Carroll Campus. Backes in the author of the young adult novel, The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, 2012). McDonald has published one book of poetry and is working on her first novel.

All DMACC Celebration of the Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.

DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

Campus: West
Location: Auditorium
9:40 AM – 11:05 AM

DMACC Professor Emeritus Rick Christman and University of Iowa Creative Writing Instructor Devon Walker-Figueroa, will read from their works from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, April 4 in the DMACC West Campus Auditorium.

Christman is the author of Falling in Love at the End of the World, a collection of stories and prose poems, which won the Minnesota Voices Project and was published by New Rivers Press. His second book,Searching for Mozart, a collection of poems, who the 2014 Brighthorse Books Prize in Poetry and was published by Brighthorse Books.  He also won a Loft-McKnight Award in Fiction and the St. Louis Poetry Center's National Poetry Contest.

Walker-Figueroa has had poems appear in American Poetry Review, The New England Review, Tin House Online, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, West Branch, Diagram, BOAAT, Permafrost, and other journals.  She also serves as a co-founding editor of Horsethief Books and poetry editor of The Iowa Review.  

All DMACC Celebration of the Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.

DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

Campus: Ankeny
Location: Bldg 2 Room 25b
10:10 AM – 11:05 AM

Four authors will read from their works on the DMACC Ankeny Campus in Bldg. #2 Room 25B during the Celebration of Literary Arts. One will include:

Kevin Brockmeier will read from 10:10 to 11:05 a.m. Monday, April 3.  He is the author of four novels, two short-story collections and a children's novel.  His work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Zoetrope, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. Brockmeier has received three O. Henry Awards, the PEN USE Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NEA Grant and was named Granta Magazine's Best Young American Novelist.

In addition, Baxter, Mayhew Bergman, Faizullah and de la Paz will have a book signing and reading from their works at 7 p.m., Monday, April 3 at Beaverdale Books. DMACC Creative Writing Contest Winners will also read their works starting at 6:30 p.m.

All Celebration of Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.

DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

Campus: Ankeny
Location: Bldg 2 Room 25b
9:40 AM – 11:05 AM

Four authors will read from their works on the DMACC Ankeny Campus in Bldg. #2 Room 25B during the Celebration of Literary Arts.  These will include:

  • Charles Baxter will read from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, April 4.  He is the author of five novels, including Feast of Love, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Baxter has also written five short-story collections, including Gryphon, and two collections of essays on writing.  He's been included in several anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, and has won multiple prizes and awards.  Baxter currently teaches at the University of Minnesota, as well as at the Warren Wilson MFA program.
  • Megan Mayhew Bergman will also read from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, April 4.  She is the author of Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise.  Her works has appeared in The New York Times, The Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, McSweeney's, Tin House and One Story, among other publications. Mayhew Bergman is the Associate Director of Bennington College's MFA program.

In addition, Baxter, Mayhew Bergman, Faizullah and de la Paz will have a book signing and reading from their works at 7 p.m., Monday, April 3 at Beaverdale Books. DMACC Creative Writing Contest Winners will also read their works starting at 6:30 p.m.

All Celebration of Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.

DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

Campus: Ankeny
Location: Bldg 2 Room 25b
12:50 PM – 1:45 PM

 Four authors will read from their works on the DMACC Ankeny Campus in Bldg. #2 Room 25B during the Celebration of Literary Arts.  This will include:

  • Charles D'Ambrosio will read from his works from 12:50 to 1:45 p.m.,Wednesday, April 5.  He is the author of two collections of short stories, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as the essay collections, Orphans and Loitering:  New and Collected Essays.  D'Ambrosio has been the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a Lannan Fellowship and his work has been widely anthologized and selected for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Award. His first book was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.  D'Ambrosio currently teaches fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

In addition, Baxter, Mayhew Bergman, Faizullah and de la Paz will have a book signing and reading from their works at 7 p.m., Monday, April 3 at Beaverdale Books. DMACC Creative Writing Contest Winners will also read their works starting at 6:30 p.m.

All Celebration of Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.

DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

Campus: Urban
Location: Bldg 1
11:15 AM – 12:10 PM

Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC’s) 15th annual Celebration of the Literary Arts will be held April 3-5 with classroom visits to all six DMACC campuses by area writers and literary instructors.

Two national writers, Tarfia Faizullah and Oliver de la Paz, will read from their works from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Monday, April 3 in the DMACC Urban Campus Bldg. #1.

Faizullah is the author of Seam, winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry's First Book Award, 2015 VIDA Award in Poetry and 2015 Binghamton University Poetry Book Award.  Her poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Southern Review, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere.  She has received a Pushcart Prize and Ploughshare's Cohen Award. Faizullah has received a Fulbright Fellowship, as well as fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Kenyon Review and Vermont Studio Center. 

de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry, including Requiem for the Orchard, winner of the Akron Prize for poetry.  He is co-editor of Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry and co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry.  He is a recipient of the NYFA Fellowship Award and GAOP Grant from the Artist Trust.  His works have appeared in journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Chattahoochee Review and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation.

In addition, Baxter, Mayhew Bergman, Faizullah and de la Paz will have a book signing and reading from their works at 7 p.m., Monday, April 3 at Beaverdale Books. DMACC Creative Writing Contest Winners will also read their works starting at 6:30 p.m.

All Celebration of Literary Arts events are free and open to the public.