Daniel Khalastchi, Dora Malech, and Marc Rahe
Tuesday, February 11
Kesler Auditorium (first floor Hickok Hall)
Please join three area poets for a reading and question and answer session Tuesday, February 11, at 6:00pm in Kesler Auditorium (first floor of Hickok Hall). Daniel Khalastchi, Dora Malech, and Marc Rahe met while students in the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and have remained close and are active participants in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids literary community.
For this event, Assistant Professor of English, Nick Twemlow will lead an introductory Q&A session with the three poets, veering into the poets’ jobs—Khalastchi teaches and coordinates a business writing program at the University of Iowa; Malech runs a youth writing outreach program; and Rahe works in administration for Goodwill Industries—and how an MFA in creative writing did or did not prepare them for the “real world.” After answering student questions, each poet will read new poems.
Daniel Khalastchi is the author of Manoleria (2011), winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Prize, and his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of journals, including Colorado Review; Kenyon Review; Iowa Review; and Thermos. Daniel is currently the Associate Director of the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing and its corresponding Certificate in Writing Program. He lives in Iowa City where he is also the co-founder and Managing Editor of Rescue Press.
Dora Malech Dora Malech is the author of two books of poems, Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). Her work has appeared in magazines and journals that include The New Yorker, Poetry, and Tin House. She has been a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, served as Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of California, and will be a 2014-2016 Creative and Performing Arts Fellow at Princeton University. She currently directs the Iowa Youth Writing Project and lives in Cedar Rapids.
Marc Rahe received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Gutcult, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, jubilat, notnostrums, Painted Bride Quarterly, Petri Press, Sixth Finch, and other journals. His first collection of poems, The Smaller Half, was published by Rescue Press in 2010. His second collection is forthcoming from Rescue Press. Marc lives in Iowa City and works for a human services agency.