Languages and Literatures

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Anesa Kajtazovic

**one week early due to Thanksgiving

Kajtazovic is the author of the children’s book War Changes Everything: My Life Leaving Bosnia, a firsthand account of her experience as a child during the Bosnian War. Kajtazovic is also a former member of the Iowa House of Representatives.

The open mic starts at 7:00 (bring your best five minutes of original creative writing) and the featured reading starts at 7:30. The featured reading will also be live Zoomcast. Register to Zoom in at https://uni.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lduivrj8oG92ZUeGvm7EjSIy9DKb8rkuZ.

The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of the Department of Languages & Literatures, Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Gary Eller

Eller is the author of the novel True North, which is set in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota. He’s also the author of the short story collection, Thin Ice and Other Risks. His writing has appeared in many publications, and he is the winner of the River City Award in Fiction, the Fowler Prize, and the Minnesota Voices Award, among others.

The open mic starts at 7:00 (bring your best five minutes of original creative writing) and the featured reading starts at 7:30. The featured reading will also be live Zoomcast. Register to Zoom in at https://uni.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lduivrj8oG92ZUeGvm7EjSIy9DKb8rkuZ.

The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of the Department of Languages & Literatures, Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Jim O'Loughlin

O’Loughlin is the author of the recently published science fiction novel, The Cord, which takes place on both ends of a future space elevator. He’s also the author of the firsthand account, The Last Caucus in Iowa, and the flash fiction collection, Dean Dean Dean Dean. He is the head of the UNI Department of Languages & Literatures.

The open mic starts at 7:00 (bring your best five minutes of original creative writing) and the featured reading starts at 7:30. The featured reading will also be live Zoomcast. Register to Zoom in at https://uni.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lduivrj8oG92ZUeGvm7EjSIy9DKb8rkuZ.

The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of the Department of Languages & Literatures, Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Anne Myles

In her debut poetry collection, What Woman That Was: Poems for Mary Dyer, poet and early American literature scholar Anne Myles writes both about and from the perspective of Mary Dyer, a 17th-century Quaker martyr who played a central role in the Antinomian controversy. Myles, a Professor Emeritus of English at UNI, has published poems recently in journals including Split Rock Review, Thimble Literary Magazine and The Ekphrastic Review.

This event will be held in the Hearst Center Sculpture Garden (Mae Latta Hall if weather requires). The open mic starts at 7:00 (bring your best five minutes of creative writing) and the featured reading starts at 7:30.  The featured reading will also be Zoomcast live. Sign up to Zoom in at:  https://uni.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lduivrj8oG92ZUeGvm7EjSIy9DKb8rkuZ

Sponsored by the Department of Languages & Literatures, Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.

Practical Approaches to Recruiting for Language Teaching Programs

Dr. Shelby Miller, Lecturer of Applied Linguistics at the University of North-Texas at Dallas, has extensive experience in undergraduate and graduate recruitment, including serving four years as the Graduate Recruiter / Graduate Student Specialist for the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she specialized in recruitment for graduate programs in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Spanish, and English. In this session,  Dr. Miller will use her experience to share practical approaches to recruitment and retention of students in both undergraduate and graduate programs (with a focus on programs in TESOL). The goal of the session is to equip you with best practices in recruitment that you and your team can begin implementing right away. This event will be held in-person, with a Zoom option.

Writers Talk! A Poetry and Prose Reading • Kris Bigalk and Amy Margolis

A virtual reading by poet Kris Bigalk and prose writer Amy Margolis. 

Kris Bigalk is the founder and director of the AFA Creative Writing Program at Normandale Community College in Minnesota. Her poetry collections from NYQ Books are "Enough" (2019) and "Repeat the Flesh in Numbers" (2012).

Amy Margolis is the longtime director of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. She is currently writing a memoir-in-shards about being a dancer in the late '70s, at the onset of the AIDS crisis.

This event is free and open to the public. https://chas.uni.edu/langlit/announcements/writers-talk-poetry-and-prose...

Zoom: https://uni.zoom.us/j/93346839802?pwd=U1hpYXh5VTJPaHBWcFRoWmdxMGdVZz09.

Walt Whitman Live!!

Don't miss the farewell performance of Bill Koch's one-man celebration of poet Walt Whitman. This performance focuses on Whitman's major themes, observations on American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and his experiences of the Civil War.

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Jesse Swan

Jesse Swan is a Professor of English in UNI’s Department of Languages & Literatures. After many years of writing and publishing literary history and criticism, he has recently turned to poetry, and his work has appeared as part of the Telepoem Booth project.

The in-person creative writing open mic begins at 7:00. Jesse Swan takes the stage at 7:30. His featured reading will also be live Zoomcast. Get the link at www.finalthursdaypress.com.