Writers Reading

The Geisler Library Writers Reading Series was established in 1987 to promote an appreciation of books and their authors. The series features locally, nationally and internationally known writers reading and discussing their fiction and/or nonfiction works.

Past guests have included such writers as Maxine Kumin, Sabina Murray, Ethan Canin, Marilynne Robinson, Ted Kooser, Robert Dana, Jane Hirshfield, Patricia Hampl, Richard Powers, James Alan McPherson, Terry Tempest Williams, Kay Ryan and Naomi Shahib Nye as well as Central College faculty and students.

Readings are free and open to the public. Please join us!

For information about Writers Reading, please contact Beth McMahon, Director of Geisler Library, at 641-628-5345.

2016-17 Series

September 29, 2016 – Danielle Ofri

7:30 pm, Cox-Snow Recital Hall
Author of the 2016 Common Reading Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patients Dr. Danielle Ofri reads from her recent book What Doctors Feel: Emotions and the Practice of Medicine.
Copies of both books will be available for purchase at the event and at the Central College Spirit Shoppe.

October 4, 2016 – Sara Perez

7:30 pm, Upper Chapel

Poet Sara Perez is a Central College alumna and current adjunct instructor of Poetry Writing at Central. After graduating with an MFA in Creative Writing & Environment and a Masters in Literature she transitioned from teaching Kindergarten students for Des Moines Public Schools to college students. A teacher of composition, creative writing & literature she teaches full-time at Iowa State University and in Simpson’s Evening and Graduate Programs. Sara also writes and produces creative content for Better Homes & Gardens publications. Sara will be joined by students from her Poetry Writing course sharing their work from the semester.

March 9, 2017 –  Cathy Haustein

7:30 pm, Upper Chapel

“When passions are regulated, which laws will you break?”
Central College Professor of Chemistry, novelist, and teacher of short story writing Cathy Haustein reads from her forthcoming novel Mixed In. Set in repressive dystopian future, scientist Catrina develops technology to test for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, placing her in opposition to town’s Vice Patrol. Mixed In is Book 1 in the series “Unstable States” so there will be more to look forward to from this author.

April 27 – Jen Rouse (please note revised date)

7:30 pm, Boat Room, Maytag Student Center

Concluding Central College’s Year of Creativity and Innovation, poet Jen Rouse shares a multimedia presentation the blends her original poems, artwork, and music. Her recently published collection Acid and Tender features poetry inspired by the artwork of Frida Kahlo. Jen is also the Interim Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Consulting Librarian, Arts & Humanities at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.