Strange Cage 14


Fair Grounds Coffeehouse - 345 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City, Iowa


hosted by Russell Jaffe of Strange Cage Press

who writes...

Welcome back to whatever welcome back best fits you--Iowa City, a new academic year, a new Strange Cage, new poetry, new weird and wild food and drink specials from Iowa City's best cafe. Join us for an evening of poetry by:

DORA MALECH. Iowa City poetry staple Dora Malech writes, draws, teaches, and coordinates the Iowa Youth Writing Project, an arts outreach program for children and teens. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale College in 2003 and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2005. She has been the recipient of a Frederick M. Clapp Poetry Writing Fellowship from Yale, a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the Writers’ Workshop, a Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Award, a Writer’s Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, and a 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. The Waywiser Press published her first full-length collection of poems, Shore Ordered Ocean, in 2009 and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center published her second collection, Say So, in 2011. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Best New Poets, American Letters & Commentary, Poetry London, and The Yale Review.  And her paintings and drawings are available at the Chait Galleries.

CARRIE LORIG. Future poetry World Champion Carrie Lorig is a beast feeling made of sound and the author of the chapbooks NODS. (Magic Helicopter Press), rootpoems  (Radioactive Moat) with Russ Woods, and Nancy and the Dutch  (NAP) with Nick Sturm. She is in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota and is the co-founder of the Our Flow is Hard Reading Series.  

JARED JOSEPH HARVEY. Jared Joseph is benignant, a particularly talented one, whose chapbook mammal  is forthcoming from Strange Cage. Yet he is so much more than that French Quarter favorite; he’s a widely published poet and the author of the challengingly quiet storms of poetry that are Hosni Mubarak  (Persistent Editions) and Frank Quietly. You can learn more about this current Iowa Writer’s Workshopper and true poetry-blood filled animal-bag at  

NIKKI WALLSCHLAEGER. Nikki Wallschlaeger’s chapbook I WOULD BE THE HAPPIEST BIRD  is forthcoming from Strange Cage. Her work has been featured in DecomP, Esque, Word Riot, Spork, Great Lakes Review, Horse Less Review ( forthcoming) & others. She lives in Milwaukee, WI and considers the Midwest one of the best playgrounds to live in, where all the worst bullies and the best lovers live, all at once, arguing over the wet cement. You can reach her at

JAKE FOURNIER. Jake Fournier is a real man doing real things in an oft-real world, one which exists both in the Iowa Writer's Workshop and tanktops.

ELISABETH WORKMAN. Elisabeth Workman is the author of the chapbooks a city_a cloud; Opolis; Maybe Malibu, Maybe Beowulf; and Megaprairieland.  A recipient of a Jerome/SASE fellowship, a McKnight fellowship, a Marcella DeBourg fellowship from the University of Minnesota, and awards/honors from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board, she’s also a member of the Flarf Collective, which is dead, which makes her like a zombie poet. Her artist book collaboration, Miasmafesto,  with the printmaker Jenny Schmid is forthcoming from Bikini International Press. Another collaboration Terrorism is What Whale  with the poet Michael Sikkema is in the works. Her first full-length collection Ultramegaprairieland  is forthcoming from Bloof Books, and a second full-length collection, CHANNELCHANGER,  is looking for a keeper. She lives in Minneapolis with the designer Erik Brandt, their daughter Beatrix, and two tuxedo kitties.  

ALYSSA PERRY. Alyssa Perry lives in Iowa City. She works for Rescue Press. She will live in Chicago, as soon as someone will give her money to do theatre and poetry things there.

JUSTINE RETZ. The nicest person on the planet Earth, the only place we 100% know sustains sentient life in our solar system, Justine Retz is a social worker and human rights activist as well as a poet and painter. She has a beautiful corgi named Bella Sofia.


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