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.