Our annual book fair capstone reading this year features a lineup of four ridiculously talented authors. Headlining the event, Mission Creek Festival’s 2016 Writer-in-Residence Richard Siken will cap off a few days of community outreach across Iowa City with his own time on stage. But before Richard takes the microphone, Alexandra Kleeman will read from her much-lauded 2015 debut You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, we’ll welcome back to Iowa City the poetry of Jenny Zhang, and Jose Orduna will give us a preview of his book A Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement.
Richard Siken is a poet, painter, filmmaker, and an editor at Spork Press. He is a recipient of two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan Residency Fellowships, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the collection Crush (Yale University Press, 2005), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 2004. His second book of poems, War of the Foxes, was released from Copper Canyon Press in 2015.