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Interview: Poet Ali Habash explores rifts caused by war and distance.

“Love and war never meet except in poetry, people who lived the war can agree to that.” These words, penned by Iraq-born poet and journalist Ali Habash, capture the essence of his latest poetry volume Another Life. I spoke during National Poetry Month to the intrepid poet and one of his translators about his first book published in English. […]

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International Writing Program participating in Worldwide Reading for Ashraf Fayadh

Reading for Ashraf Fayadh Shambaugh House — Thursday, January 14 at Noon As part of an initiative sponsored by the International Literature Festival Berlin, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) will be hosting a reading in support of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who is currently in prison and under threat of death penalty […]

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Marc Rahe reads at Prairie Lights

Iowa City writer Marc Rahe will read from his new collection of poetry, On Hours, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights. His debut collection of poems, The Smaller Half, (Rescue Press, 2010) demonstrated a staccatoed spectrum, from darkness to high-pitched humor. In On Hours (Rescue Press, 2015), readers find Marc’s depth continues to delight, as does his exploration of the human experience — odd, awkward and wonderful as it may be. […]

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An apocalyptic Strange Cage heads to Fair Grounds

So, here’s the good news. The world didn’t end on December 21, 2012, like the Mayans and a bunch of nutjobs suggested. No hidden planets collided with the Earth, no geomagnetic polar switch, no zombie apocalypse. The problem is, it seems as though the world might end anyway at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 13 […]

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