Reading Series

April 5

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Writers of Color

  7 p.m.
  The Mill


with Benjamin Krusling, Regina Porter, Yvonne Cha, Tameka Cage Conley, & Melissa Mogollon

The Mill

Wednesday, April 5 – 7 p.m.

FREE admission


Join us for Writers of Color, a reading series featuring undergraduate and graduate writers of color at the University of Iowa.

Melissa Mogollon is studying Fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Communication. Born in Cartagena, Colombia, and raised in South Florida, she misses ceviche and loud people.

Regina Porter is an award-winning writer whose works have been presented at Playwrights Horizons, The Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Woolly Mammoth Theater, and Horizons Theater Company. Ms. Porter has received commissions from The Women’s Project, The Actor’s Theater of Louisville, and Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. Her plays have been anthologized in Plays from Woolly Mammoth by Broadway Play Services, and Heinemann’s Scenes For Women by Women. Her work has also been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History & Criticism by University of Alabama Press. Ms. Porter’s fiction has been published in the Harvard Review. She is an Iowa Arts Fellow in the MFA fiction program at Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Yvonne Cha is a 1st gen Korean American bred in Queens. She is in her first year at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In her past life, she was a rapper. Or a munchkin cat. And she is allergic to ragweed. 

Benjamin Krusling is a poet and sound artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. His work has most recently appeared in the Berkeley Poetry Review and No, Dear Magazine and he is an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

Tameka Cage Conley, PhD is a literary artist who writes fiction, poetry, plays and essays. She received a doctoral degree in English in 2006 from Louisiana State University, where she was a recipient of the Huel Perkins Doctoral Fellowship.  Her dissertation, Painful Discourses: Borders, Regions, and Representations of Female Circumcision from Africa to America, was awarded the annual Lewis Simpson Distinguished Dissertation Award.   She has received writing fellowships from the Cave Canem Poetry Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and Workshops.  In October 2013, she received the Eben Demarest Trust grant, awarded annually to an artist or archaeologist.  Past recipients of the Demarest include painter James Pollock (1945) and choreographer Kyle Abraham (2012.)  She is an MFA student in Fiction @ the Iowa Writers Workshop.