Prolific author Roxane Gay visits Iowa City April 2nd - 7th as a Writer-in-Residence for this year's Mission Creek Festival. She has two books coming out in 2014. Her fiction and essays appear in dozens of national magazines and in her previously-published book Ayiti.
She's co-editor of Pank Magazine, essays editor of The Rumpus, and she teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. She'll appear at Prairie Lights Tuesday, April 2nd alongside author John D'Agata. On this episode of "The Studio" Roxane reads one of her stories; Joe Tiefenthaler announces Mission Creek's amazingly full literary lineup; and Sarah Dodson, Executive Editor of Make Literary Productions, reveals the backstory behind the founding of Make: A Literary Magazine. Tune in!
Iowa City author, Larry Baker, has written five novels, including "Athens, America" and "The Flamingo Rising". His most recent book, "Love & Other Delusions", presents a fresh take on the story of a married woman having an affair with a younger man.
Larry Baker is currently an adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Iowa, as well as an adjunct instructor at Kirkwood Community College. Baker will be giving a reading Saturday, June 9, 1 PM at Revelations. Bookstore in Fairfield.
Baker is also working on a documentary about the creative process, focusing on the writing of "A Good Man," in which Baker drew on, or "stole" as he would say, from a variety of predecessors. Check out Monica's review of "A Good Man" at http://www.writersvoices.com/books-review/books-review/good-man-larry-baker/.
Dum-de-dum, minding my own business, thinking about what to play today, hmmm, some Ella (tunelessly hums a snatch of "My One and Only"), wish we had more Alberta Hunter in the Vault, another cut from that awesome Count Basie CD, maybe finally get around to playing that loopy Jimmy Lyons Trio track I haven't had the gumption to play yet, check my email, yep, going up to Davenport for some of the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, oh, the Iowa City Toyota-Scion Jazz Festival is the same weekend?, better check the schedule, dum-diddly-dum, maybe play some tracks from that Knitting Factory sampler, hmmm, David Sanchez will be playing Iowa City, Trombone Shorty too - that's cool - BILL FRISELL?!?! and DAVE HOLLAND?!?! Playing the same night? Omigod, omigod, omigod..."Hello Stan? Yeah, it's Joel. Can I stay with you and Cheryl the night of July 5th?