Two Authors to Read From Their Works at DMACC's Virtual Celebration of the Literary Arts

Posted 2/18/2021


This marks the 18th Year of DMACC's Celebration of the Literary Arts

  • Becky Mandelbaum is the author of "The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals" and "Bad Kansas."

  • Maria Adelmann's first book, "Girls of a Certain Age," was just published this month. 

  • Adelmann is now living in Copenhagen after getting stuck there during the pandemic.

DMACC's annual Celebration of Literary Arts will be held virtually this year and span 10 weeks compared to the three-day celebration held in previous years. Local and national authors will read from their works virtually via Zoom meetings, with one or two authors reading during a one-hour time frame each week.

This marks the 18th year DMACC has held an annual Celebration of the Literary Arts. Last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic.

The next virtual event of the 2021 celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Thur., Feb. 25, when authors Becky Mandelbaum and Maria Adelmann read from their works (register to attend here).

Mandelbaum is the author of "The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals" and "Bad Kansas," which received the 2016 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book and was a Kansas Notable Book in 2018. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Sun, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction, Hobart, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and has been featured on Medium. She has received fellowships from Writing by Writers, a residenc​y from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and was a finalist for the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize in Fiction and the 2020 Nelson Algren Award. Mandelbaum currently lives in Bellingham, Wash.

Adelmann's first book, "Girls of a Certain Age," was just published this month (February 2021). Her work has also been published by Tin House, n+1, The Threepenny Review, Indiana Review, Epoch, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Alaska Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and others. She has an MFA in fiction from The University of Virginia. A longtime resident of Baltimore, Adelmann recently moved to Copenhagen after getting stuck there during the pandemic.          

To attend the readings by Mandelbaum and Adelmann, register here: https://DMACC.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s9LtC-bhQ5i5uRZRlkTXxg

The Zoom meeting is free and open to the public.

For more on DMACC's Celebration of Literary Arts, contact Ankeny Campus Professor and Celebration of Literary Arts Coordinator Marc Dickinson at (515) 964-6221 or madickinson@dmacc.edu.  

Suggested Readings:

"The First to Leave is the Winner" www.missourireview.com/becky-mandelbaum-the-first-to-leave-is-the-winner

"Goodbye, Sugar Land"  www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/526/goodbye-sugar-land 

"Middlemen" https://aqreview.org/aqr_authors/maria-adelmann

"Gretel's Dreams" https://tinhouse.com/gretels-dreams

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