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River East, River West: Iowa’s Natural Borders

Humanities Iowa’s Voices from the Prairie: 7th Annual Iowa Writers’ Celebration celebrates the cultures, history, environment and stories of the two rivers that border our state. Events are free and open to the public.

Featuring writers John Price, Lisa Knopp, and David Hamilton. u

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Featuring writers David Hamilton, Robert Wolf and Gary Holthaus.

Saturday, November 4, 6 p.m. Union Pacific Railroad Museum 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs

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Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m. United Presbyterian Church by the River 102 Main St., Keokuk

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Humanities Iowa Gary Holthaus is the author of several collections of poetry including Unexpected Manna, and the most recent, If You Were Here I Would Have Hands. He received an Individual Fellowship for Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990. His books include An Archaeology of Home and consist of poetry about memory, family and growing up on an Iowa farm.

David Hamilton edits The Iowa Review and teaches English literature at the University of Iowa. He has a degree from Amherst College and a PhD from the University of Virginia. The University of Missouri Press published his Deep River in 2001. He taught at Colombia and at the University of Michigan before taking his present position. He lives in Iowa City.

Robert Wolf, director and a founder of Free River Press, is the author and editor of numerous books including An American Mosaic: Prose and Poetry by Everyday Folk (Oxford University Press) and The Triumph of Technique: The Industrialization of Agriculture and the Destruction of Rural America. A former Chicago Tribune columnist, he lives in Lansing, Iowa.

Lisa Knopp grew up in Burlington and is the author of Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape, Field of Vision, and her recent, The Nature of Home. Her essays have been printed in various publications including Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review and ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment). She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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John T. Price is the author of Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey Into the American Grasslands. His personal essays have appeared in various publications and he was awarded a 2004-2005 fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. An Associate Professor teaching English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, he lives in Council Bluffs.

Voice from the Prairie  

April 2011