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Do the Robot: ‘Cyborg Support Group’ reads this Friday at Fair Grounds


Don't let the name fool you. The Cyborg Support Group is actually a reading series for soft, fleshy humans. -- photo by Tyler Bindon
The Cyborg Support Group is a local reading series for soft, fleshy humans. — photo by Tyler Bindon

Cyborg Support Group: Reading series

Fair Grounds Coffeehouse — Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

For those still mourning the absence of Strange Cage, the high-energy reading series hosted by former Little Village arts columnist Russell Jaffe at Fair Grounds Coffeehouse, the second iteration of the Cyborg Support Group reading series this Friday at 7 p.m. will surely fill the Jaffe-shaped hole in your heart.

After a successful first reading in June, which featured Sabrian Orah Mark, Caryl Pagel, and Micah Bateman (amongst many others), the Cyborg Support Group has been revitalizing Iowa City’s literary scene, infusing it with an exciting irreverence and a much-welcome “everyone is welcome” vibe that can sometimes be absent from other formal reading series in town. The series is currently curated by Iowa City writer Josh Fomon.

Friday’s reading boasts such local literary luminaries as Marc Rahe, the author of The Smaller Half published by Rescue Press, and Ossian Foley, whose debut collection OF: Vol. 1 was published by Ugly Duckling last year.

Some excellent national names will be reading as well, such as Amber Dermont, author of the novel The Starboard Sea and the story collection Damage Control, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Elizabeth Robinson, author of more than a dozen collections of poetry and a former instructor at the Writer’s Workshop, will also be reading.


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