Events

Look here to learn more about the community poetry events we host throughout the year. 

Upcoming


Writers Open Mic

Sunday, September 4, 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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Mic Check Poetry Fest 2022

November 11-12

Mic Check Poetry Fest 2022

Patricia Smith · Ebony Stewart

A two day celebration of spoken word poetry for those who seek the unmistakable feeling of community.

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Previous Events


  • Family Fun at Close House
    Wednesdays, 3-5 pm, June 8 - August 17

    Family Fun at Close House

    Join us for storytime and wordplay this summer. New stories, books, and games featured each week!

  • Take Your Poet To Work Day!
    July 20

    Take Your Poet To Work Day!

    Take your favorite poet along with you today, using the coloring and cut out book from Tweatspeak

  • Free Generative Writing Workshop for July: Jenny Colville
    July 17

    Free Generative Writing Workshop for July: Jenny Colville

    Every month a new writer leads a generative hybrid workshop, presenting a prompt inspired by their own preoccupations, passions, or interests.

  • Apply Now: Intern Opportunity for Mic Check Poetry Fest
    Applications due by July 1

    Apply Now: Intern Opportunity for Mic Check Poetry Fest

    Applications accepted now for volunteer internship as Marketing Director for Mic Check Poetry Fest

  • Free Generative Writing Workshop for June: Chad Abushanab
    Sunday, June 19, 5:30-7:00 PM CT

    Free Generative Writing Workshop for June: Chad Abushanab

    Every month a new writer leads a generative hybrid workshop, presenting a prompt inspired by their own preoccupations, passions, or interests.

  • Dear City— micropoems as public engagement
    April & May

    Dear City— micropoems as public engagement

    What do you want to say to your city? Your micropoem can be a declaration of self-empowerment, a reminder to the powers that be. It can celebrate your city. It can ask a question. It can reveal a secret.

  • Free Generative Writing Workshop for May: The Editors of Backchannels Journal
    May 15

    Free Generative Writing Workshop for May: The Editors of Backchannels Journal

    Every month a new writer leads a generative hybrid workshop, presenting a prompt inspired by their own preoccupations, passions, or interests.

  • Iowa City Poetry Alfresco 2022
    April 30, 5-8 pm

    Iowa City Poetry Alfresco 2022

    Join us for an evening of open-air progressive readings at this socially distanced event on Saturday, April 30. All poets are invited to apply to read outdoors at various businesses and private residences in this celebration of poetry in our community.

  • Free Generative Writing Workshops for April: Cory Hutchinson-Reuss
    April 17

    Free Generative Writing Workshops for April: Cory Hutchinson-Reuss

    Every month a new writer leads a generative hybrid workshop, presenting a prompt inspired by their own preoccupations, passions, or interests.

  • April Poetry Party at Close House
    April 15

    April Poetry Party at Close House

    Food, drinks, & poems!

  • Online Literary Journals: Founding and Curating Inclusive Spaces
    April 14

    Online Literary Journals: Founding and Curating Inclusive Spaces

    An inside look at the challenges and opportunities of founding and managing online literary journals from the founding editors of Guesthouse, Honey Literary Inc., Annulet: A Journal of Poetics, and The Account.

  • Midwinter Day: A Reading to Benefit Bernadette Mayer
    Wednesday, December 22, 6-8 pm CT

    Midwinter Day: A Reading to Benefit Bernadette Mayer

    Join us to celebrate Midwinter Day and Bernadette Mayer at this reading and fundraiser with Iowa City Poetry and the Midwest Writing Center.

  • Mic Check Poetry Fest 2021
    November 5-7

    Mic Check Poetry Fest 2021

    A three day celebration of spoken word poetry for those who seek the unmistakable feeling of community.

  • Opening Week for Library!
    July 18, July 20, July 22

    Opening Week for Library!

    Stop by to browse and borrow poetry books from our new library.

  • IC Slam Team Fundraiser
    July 17

    IC Slam Team Fundraiser

    Come out to support the IC Slam Team as they prepare for State Competition!

  • Iowa City Poetry al Fresco 2021
    Evening of May 1

    Iowa City Poetry al Fresco 2021

    Join us for an evening of open-air progressive readings at this socially distanced event on Saturday, May 1. All poets are invited to apply to read outdoors at various businesses and private residences in this celebration of poetry in our community.

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