Poetry Happenings for All

Iowa City Poetry News and Happenings

Stay up to date on poetry events, slams, and community resources.

  • PorchLight Hangouts

    Saturday, Oct. 21, 2-4 pm
    Saturday, Dec. 16, 2-4 pm

    IC Speaks

    PorchLight Hangouts

    Where all IC Speaks peeps meet up, hang out, and have fun.

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  • Writers Open Mic

    Sunday, January 7, 4:00-5:00 PM CT

    Writers Open Mic

    Share 4-5 minutes of your original writing with an appreciative and supportive audience.

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  • Library

    Tuesday & Thursday, 6-8 PM


    Stop by to visit us at the new Iowa City Poetry Lending Library!

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Our Question

How do we share poetry resources with everyone?

And because we’re based in Iowa City, we ask the question slightly differently. How do we share the wealth of literary resources in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature and home to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with all poets? Poets of all ages, incomes, identities, and experience levels?

Our Organization

founding director Lisa Roberts leads the team

With Reading Series Director Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, the Advisory Council, and the support of The James Gang, we are working to grow our programming and reach.

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