In our monthly reading series, "Today You Are Perfect," we bring poets and artists and listeners together to share their words. Afterward, everyone has the option to participate in a small question and answer session.
The Lineup: Robyn Groth, Glen Waters, Mark Stevenson, LA Felleman
Date & Time: September 27, 7:00-8:00 pm CT (5 PT, 6 MT, 8 ET)
Platform: Live Zoom Webinar. Click the button below to register and receive the link.
Donation: Please support the poets!
Listen to Robyn Groth read "Kitchen Idyll," from CALYX Journal, HERE.
Read Glen Water's poem "Cadillacs N' Poetry," published in Journal of Multicultural Affairs, HERE.
Find Mark Stevenson's poem "6 29 2018," from Poetry in Public 2019, HERE.
You can order LA Felleman's new book, The Length of a Clenched Fist (Finishing Line Press), HERE.
Robyn is an autistic poet and bookmaker with an MA in linguistics. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and sons. She is the author of Hello, Robot (Defunkt Mag + Press 2023), and her work has been published in CALYX Journal, Gordon Square Review, and Ruminate Magazine. She is a reader for Chestnut Review.
Glen Waters is a Second Year Poet at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He was born in Dallas, Texas, and attended Georgetown University. Glen graduated as an English honors student receiving the Emilia Ferrara Award for Best Creative Writing Thesis. Since arriving at Iowa, Glen has facilitated workshops at Georgetown and Iowa University to support undergraduate students in their creative writing journey. Glen published his first poem, “Cadillacs and Poetry,” in the Journal of Multicultural Affairs at Stephen F. Austin University. This past summer, he attended the Napa Valley Writers Conference as a John Leggit scholarship recipient and workshopped his poetry with Major Jackson.
Mark is an Iowa native who divides his creative energy between poetry, painting and gardening. He is a former shopkeeper who sold antiques and objects and especially loves the detective work involved in researching objects. He is currently working on a project uncovering the life of one of his grandfather's cousins who lived around the turn of the last century and who also wrote poetry and led a colorful life for her times. He has been writing poetry the last 4 years and sees accessibility as a requirement in poetry he enjoys. He is visually educated and believes the creative process for writing and visual art are very similar.
Currently, LA is a financial analyst at the University of Iowa. Before that, she was a seminary professor. Prior to that, she was a pastor. She credits the Free Generative Writing Workshops, the Midwest Writing Center, and workshops offered through Iowa City Poetry with her growth as a poet. To give back to the writing community, she organizes a writers open mic at the public library (or via Zoom during pandemics) and serves on the advisory council of Iowa City Poetry. She is the author of the chapbook, The Length of a Clenched Fist, from Finishing Line Press.
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