Reading with Marc NiesonFriday, December 9, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
Marc Nieson, Pittsburgh-based writer and professor at Chatham University, will present his new memoir Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love + Landscape, in which he explores love, identity, and writing during his time in Iowa. This will be a reading with Marc as well as with University of Iowa International Writing Program writer/visiting writer-in-residence at City of Asylum, Ukamaka Olisakwe.
Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. In the 1990s he worked with the International Writing Program, and is thrilled to be joining their ranks again for this reading. Other background of his includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: Lessons on Love & Landscape is just released from Ice Cube Press. (www.icecubepress.com) He’s won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University,edits fiction for The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, Houdini’s Heirs.
Ukamaka Olisakwe (screenwriter, novelist, nonfiction writer; Nigeria) writes TV scripts (most recently the series “The Calabash”), essays, short stories, and has one novel. Selected in 2014 by the Africa39 Project as one of the continent’s most promising writers under the age of 40, she has had her work appear in the New York Times.