The Final Thursday Reading Series, hosted by L&L's Jim O'Loughlin, is back for a 13th season with a great lineup of regional creative writers.
FTRS takes place at the Hearst Center for the Arts (304 W. Seerley Blvd.). Events start at 7 p.m. with open mic signup. The open mic begins at 7:15. Bring your best five minutes of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to share. Singer/songwriters are also welcome and can make use of the Hearst's grand piano. The featured writer takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a brief Q&A as time permits. Copies of work by regional authors will be available for sale. Coffee provided by Cup of Joe. The Final Thursday Reading Series is sponsored by Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts, and the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.
Thursday, August 29
Julianne Couch is the author of the new nonfiction book, Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy (University of Nebraska Press), which gives an insider’s look at how power is generated and how it affects neighboring landscapes and people.
Thursday, September 26
Adrianne Finlay is an Assistant Professor of English at Upper Iowa University. She is currently working on a young adult novel-in-progress entitled Feedback.
Thursday, October 24
**one week early due to Halloween**
Book release reading for the new short story collection, The Miracle Boy (Ice Cube Press). Irelan is also the author of the short story collections, Reruns, and the family memoirs Central Standard and A Firefly in the Night.
Thursday, November 21
** one week early due to Thanksgiving**
Laura Farmer is the director of Cornell College’s Writing Studio. Her fiction has been published in The Iowa Review and The Summerset Review, and her weekly book reviews appear in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.