2022 Schedule

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Good Morning Midnight

  6:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Good Morning Midnight began spontaneously, like a trip for ice cream or human combustion, when a record store in Iowa became sentient and began immediately devouring itself. The psychedelic folk music was gnashed to bits with every mouthful, the country records ended up smeared in dissonance from a stack of 90’s rock albums someone set […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Lake Villain

  7:15 PM
  Gabe's
Lake Villain is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Iowa City, and has been creating music in bands and under various solo pseudonyms for the past two decades. His current project is the culmination of a lifetime of passion for music and artistic discovery. It takes the form of “electronic listening music,” composed of synthetically sculpted […]

Ramona and The Sometimes

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Ramona and the Sometimes is a Des Moines, IA based five-piece pop rock band led by multimedia artist Ramona Muse Lambert. The group relies on accessible hooks and pop song structures with emotionally raw, often positive and uplifting lyrical content, with an emphasis on encouraging creativity and the self confidence to create art. With Muse […]

Lex Leto x The Christine Burke Ensemble

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Lex Leto x CBE is a pile of friends who like to make noise together. While they are all “classically” “trained” musicians, they depart from their roots in favor of aleatory, noise, and song. Though each member’s individual work is distinct from the next, they share the value of creative exploration. What results is a […]

KMRU

  7:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Born in Nairobi and currently based in Berlin, KMRU is a sound artist and producer whose methods include field recording, improvisation, noise, machine learning, radio art and drones. His music has earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, DJ  Mag and Bandcamp. In 2020, he released three albums that showed the depth and range of […]

Arooj Aftab

  7:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Championed by NPR, who praised her composition as one of the “Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+,” and The New York Times, who celebrated her work as one of the “Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018,” Aftab’s liminal sound floats between classical minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance, jazz structures and […]

ALYX RUSH

  7:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
ALYX RUSH is an alternative pop/rnb recording artist creating waves from the midwest. Growing up in rural Iowa, ALYX became inspired to teach himself on acoustic guitar at a young age which then led to him writing, recording and perfecting his very own sound. After gaining traction locally and internationally, ALYX’s debut single, “Minutes (Rewind)” […]

Ahzia

  7:45 PM
  Gabe's
Although born in Tacoma, Washington, Ahzia Hester would go on to grow up in the state of Iowa. Here, he would discover his interest in illustration, writing and theatre. It was only until his final semester of high school that making music, particularly hip hop music, would catch his attention. A desire to roll out […]

Son Lux

  8:00 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation. The band’s unique mix of electronic pop, […]

DRYAD

  8:30 pm
  Gabe's
Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination that eludes easy classification, using elements of d-beat punk, old school death and atmospheric black metal, along with their own touch of bizarre, blackened forest filth. Since the debut of The Black Pullet EP in early 2017, DRYAD has emerged from the […]

Tré Burt

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation and those seeking it. The plots merge for an ultimate reckoning with the archetypal mother of these songs on the final track, “Tell Mary”, “say what you want, […]

Haley Heynderickx

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through […]

Fennesz

  9:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Using a filtered and treated electric guitar as the starting point for his lush soundscapes, Fennesz has created a personal and groundbreaking discourse throughout his career. Perhaps sculpting the last truly unique vision for the guitar, his luminant compositions are anything but sterile experiments. Fennesz’s world of sound unfolds and resembles sensitive, telescopic recordings of […]

The Body

  9:00 PM
  Gabe's
On No One Deserves Happiness, The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford set out to make “the grossest pop  album of all time.” The album themes of despair and isolation are delivered by the unlikely pairing of the  Body’s signature heaviness and 80s dance tracks. The Body can emote pain like no other band, and […]

Soccer Mommy

  9:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. […]

Tennyson

  9:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Tennyson’s talent has always been undeniable, even if he’s still discovering himself. Born Luke Pretty, his creative mind first bloomed in the basement of his parent’s home in Edmonton, Canada. His younger sister Tess has long been his partner, learning to play drums alongside his work on the key. The siblings cut their teeth on […]

Cadence Weapon

  9:45 PM
  Gabe's
Cadence Weapon is the musical project of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer and poet Roland “Rollie” Pemberton. The son of a pioneering hip-hop radio DJ, Pemberton was introduced to a diverse library of music at an early age. After teaching himself to rap at age 13, he would soon enter freestyle battles and sit in as […]

Beach Bunny

  9:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Few artists can pinpoint an emotion as clearly and honestly as Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio. On Honeymoon, the excellent debut album from Trifilio’s songwriting project and four-piece band, it’s as if she’s singing about things everyone has felt before but never had the courage to put in words themselves. It’s the stunning culmination of her […]

Aaron Dilloway

  10:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improviser and composer originally from Brighton, MI who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 – 2005), Dilloway […]

Tempers

  10:15 PM
  Gabe's
The New York City duo of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper aka Tempers specialize in a sleek strain of low-lit poetic synth-pop, the latest statement of which feels like the peak fruition of their elusive alchemy. With their self-produced “New Meaning”, Tempers present an album about navigating the unknown, coping mechanisms and exploring the nature […]

Kassa Overall

  10:30 PM
  Gabe's
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer, a product of New York City’s jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions, reflecting a panoramic musical background from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground. […]

Squirrel Flower

  11:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, […]

Ric Wilson

  11:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Co-Produced by SCOPE Productions Chicago’s nouveau disco inspired rap superstar, United Nations Geneva-visiting activist, and community goofball Ric Wilson has dropped three crucial EP’s “Soul Bounce” (2016) & “Negrow Disco” (2017) & “BANBA” (2018). Performing at Rolling Loud, North Coast, Mamby on the Beach, Tour De Fat and opening for acts such as The Roots, […]

Dos Santos

  11:30 PM
  Gabe's
“If there is a refuge from the horrors outside of us, Dos Santos seem to suggest it is in the free and bountiful exchange of ideas and hopes and dreams among friends and fellow travelers, a joy—or at least a forcefulness—found in community.” – Colin Joyce, Noisey Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos is set to […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Lake Villain

  7:15 PM
  Gabe's
Lake Villain is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Iowa City, and has been creating music in bands and under various solo pseudonyms for the past two decades. His current project is the culmination of a lifetime of passion for music and artistic discovery. It takes the form of “electronic listening music,” composed of synthetically sculpted […]

KMRU

  7:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Born in Nairobi and currently based in Berlin, KMRU is a sound artist and producer whose methods include field recording, improvisation, noise, machine learning, radio art and drones. His music has earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, DJ  Mag and Bandcamp. In 2020, he released three albums that showed the depth and range of […]

ALYX RUSH

  7:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
ALYX RUSH is an alternative pop/rnb recording artist creating waves from the midwest. Growing up in rural Iowa, ALYX became inspired to teach himself on acoustic guitar at a young age which then led to him writing, recording and perfecting his very own sound. After gaining traction locally and internationally, ALYX’s debut single, “Minutes (Rewind)” […]

Fennesz

  9:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Using a filtered and treated electric guitar as the starting point for his lush soundscapes, Fennesz has created a personal and groundbreaking discourse throughout his career. Perhaps sculpting the last truly unique vision for the guitar, his luminant compositions are anything but sterile experiments. Fennesz’s world of sound unfolds and resembles sensitive, telescopic recordings of […]

Tennyson

  9:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Tennyson’s talent has always been undeniable, even if he’s still discovering himself. Born Luke Pretty, his creative mind first bloomed in the basement of his parent’s home in Edmonton, Canada. His younger sister Tess has long been his partner, learning to play drums alongside his work on the key. The siblings cut their teeth on […]

Tempers

  10:15 PM
  Gabe's
The New York City duo of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper aka Tempers specialize in a sleek strain of low-lit poetic synth-pop, the latest statement of which feels like the peak fruition of their elusive alchemy. With their self-produced “New Meaning”, Tempers present an album about navigating the unknown, coping mechanisms and exploring the nature […]

Lake Villain

  7:15 PM
  Gabe's
Lake Villain is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Iowa City, and has been creating music in bands and under various solo pseudonyms for the past two decades. His current project is the culmination of a lifetime of passion for music and artistic discovery. It takes the form of “electronic listening music,” composed of synthetically sculpted […]

KMRU

  7:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Born in Nairobi and currently based in Berlin, KMRU is a sound artist and producer whose methods include field recording, improvisation, noise, machine learning, radio art and drones. His music has earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, DJ  Mag and Bandcamp. In 2020, he released three albums that showed the depth and range of […]

ALYX RUSH

  7:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
ALYX RUSH is an alternative pop/rnb recording artist creating waves from the midwest. Growing up in rural Iowa, ALYX became inspired to teach himself on acoustic guitar at a young age which then led to him writing, recording and perfecting his very own sound. After gaining traction locally and internationally, ALYX’s debut single, “Minutes (Rewind)” […]

Fennesz

  9:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Using a filtered and treated electric guitar as the starting point for his lush soundscapes, Fennesz has created a personal and groundbreaking discourse throughout his career. Perhaps sculpting the last truly unique vision for the guitar, his luminant compositions are anything but sterile experiments. Fennesz’s world of sound unfolds and resembles sensitive, telescopic recordings of […]

Tennyson

  9:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Tennyson’s talent has always been undeniable, even if he’s still discovering himself. Born Luke Pretty, his creative mind first bloomed in the basement of his parent’s home in Edmonton, Canada. His younger sister Tess has long been his partner, learning to play drums alongside his work on the key. The siblings cut their teeth on […]

Tempers

  10:15 PM
  Gabe's
The New York City duo of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper aka Tempers specialize in a sleek strain of low-lit poetic synth-pop, the latest statement of which feels like the peak fruition of their elusive alchemy. With their self-produced “New Meaning”, Tempers present an album about navigating the unknown, coping mechanisms and exploring the nature […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

  7:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Good Morning Midnight

  6:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Good Morning Midnight began spontaneously, like a trip for ice cream or human combustion, when a record store in Iowa became sentient and began immediately devouring itself. The psychedelic folk music was gnashed to bits with every mouthful, the country records ended up smeared in dissonance from a stack of 90’s rock albums someone set […]

Lex Leto x The Christine Burke Ensemble

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Lex Leto x CBE is a pile of friends who like to make noise together. While they are all “classically” “trained” musicians, they depart from their roots in favor of aleatory, noise, and song. Though each member’s individual work is distinct from the next, they share the value of creative exploration. What results is a […]

Ahzia

  7:45 PM
  Gabe's
Although born in Tacoma, Washington, Ahzia Hester would go on to grow up in the state of Iowa. Here, he would discover his interest in illustration, writing and theatre. It was only until his final semester of high school that making music, particularly hip hop music, would catch his attention. A desire to roll out […]

Son Lux

  8:00 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation. The band’s unique mix of electronic pop, […]

Haley Heynderickx

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through […]

The Body

  9:00 PM
  Gabe's
On No One Deserves Happiness, The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford set out to make “the grossest pop  album of all time.” The album themes of despair and isolation are delivered by the unlikely pairing of the  Body’s signature heaviness and 80s dance tracks. The Body can emote pain like no other band, and […]

Beach Bunny

  9:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Few artists can pinpoint an emotion as clearly and honestly as Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio. On Honeymoon, the excellent debut album from Trifilio’s songwriting project and four-piece band, it’s as if she’s singing about things everyone has felt before but never had the courage to put in words themselves. It’s the stunning culmination of her […]

Kassa Overall

  10:30 PM
  Gabe's
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer, a product of New York City’s jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions, reflecting a panoramic musical background from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground. […]

Squirrel Flower

  11:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, […]

Good Morning Midnight

  6:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Good Morning Midnight began spontaneously, like a trip for ice cream or human combustion, when a record store in Iowa became sentient and began immediately devouring itself. The psychedelic folk music was gnashed to bits with every mouthful, the country records ended up smeared in dissonance from a stack of 90’s rock albums someone set […]

Lex Leto x The Christine Burke Ensemble

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Lex Leto x CBE is a pile of friends who like to make noise together. While they are all “classically” “trained” musicians, they depart from their roots in favor of aleatory, noise, and song. Though each member’s individual work is distinct from the next, they share the value of creative exploration. What results is a […]

Ahzia

  7:45 PM
  Gabe's
Although born in Tacoma, Washington, Ahzia Hester would go on to grow up in the state of Iowa. Here, he would discover his interest in illustration, writing and theatre. It was only until his final semester of high school that making music, particularly hip hop music, would catch his attention. A desire to roll out […]

Son Lux

  8:00 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation. The band’s unique mix of electronic pop, […]

Haley Heynderickx

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through […]

The Body

  9:00 PM
  Gabe's
On No One Deserves Happiness, The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford set out to make “the grossest pop  album of all time.” The album themes of despair and isolation are delivered by the unlikely pairing of the  Body’s signature heaviness and 80s dance tracks. The Body can emote pain like no other band, and […]

Beach Bunny

  9:45 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Few artists can pinpoint an emotion as clearly and honestly as Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio. On Honeymoon, the excellent debut album from Trifilio’s songwriting project and four-piece band, it’s as if she’s singing about things everyone has felt before but never had the courage to put in words themselves. It’s the stunning culmination of her […]

Kassa Overall

  10:30 PM
  Gabe's
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer, a product of New York City’s jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions, reflecting a panoramic musical background from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground. […]

Squirrel Flower

  11:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Squirrel Flower’s heart-rending sophomore album Planet (i), following her 2020 debut I Was Born Swimming, is exactly that. A singular planet, a world entirely of artist Ella Williams’ making. The title came first to her as a joke: it’s her made-up name for the new planet people will inevitably settle and destroy after leaving Earth, […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Lit Walk

  5:00 PM
  Various
Our annual Lit Walk series will present readings with Mission Creek Festival 2022 writers in retailers and venues around downtown Iowa City. Round 1 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM: SKEW & Brink (Revival), NWP & PromptPress (Basic Goods), Writers of Color Series (Prairie Lights), Rescue Press (White Rabbit) Round 2 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM: […]

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Ramona and The Sometimes

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Ramona and the Sometimes is a Des Moines, IA based five-piece pop rock band led by multimedia artist Ramona Muse Lambert. The group relies on accessible hooks and pop song structures with emotionally raw, often positive and uplifting lyrical content, with an emphasis on encouraging creativity and the self confidence to create art. With Muse […]

Arooj Aftab

  7:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Championed by NPR, who praised her composition as one of the “Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+,” and The New York Times, who celebrated her work as one of the “Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018,” Aftab’s liminal sound floats between classical minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance, jazz structures and […]

DRYAD

  8:30 pm
  Gabe's
Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination that eludes easy classification, using elements of d-beat punk, old school death and atmospheric black metal, along with their own touch of bizarre, blackened forest filth. Since the debut of The Black Pullet EP in early 2017, DRYAD has emerged from the […]

Tré Burt

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation and those seeking it. The plots merge for an ultimate reckoning with the archetypal mother of these songs on the final track, “Tell Mary”, “say what you want, […]

Soccer Mommy

  9:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. […]

Cadence Weapon

  9:45 PM
  Gabe's
Cadence Weapon is the musical project of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer and poet Roland “Rollie” Pemberton. The son of a pioneering hip-hop radio DJ, Pemberton was introduced to a diverse library of music at an early age. After teaching himself to rap at age 13, he would soon enter freestyle battles and sit in as […]

Aaron Dilloway

  10:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improviser and composer originally from Brighton, MI who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 – 2005), Dilloway […]

Ric Wilson

  11:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Co-Produced by SCOPE Productions Chicago’s nouveau disco inspired rap superstar, United Nations Geneva-visiting activist, and community goofball Ric Wilson has dropped three crucial EP’s “Soul Bounce” (2016) & “Negrow Disco” (2017) & “BANBA” (2018). Performing at Rolling Loud, North Coast, Mamby on the Beach, Tour De Fat and opening for acts such as The Roots, […]

Dos Santos

  11:30 PM
  Gabe's
“If there is a refuge from the horrors outside of us, Dos Santos seem to suggest it is in the free and bountiful exchange of ideas and hopes and dreams among friends and fellow travelers, a joy—or at least a forcefulness—found in community.” – Colin Joyce, Noisey Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos is set to […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Ramona and The Sometimes

  7:15 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Ramona and the Sometimes is a Des Moines, IA based five-piece pop rock band led by multimedia artist Ramona Muse Lambert. The group relies on accessible hooks and pop song structures with emotionally raw, often positive and uplifting lyrical content, with an emphasis on encouraging creativity and the self confidence to create art. With Muse […]

Arooj Aftab

  7:30 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Championed by NPR, who praised her composition as one of the “Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+,” and The New York Times, who celebrated her work as one of the “Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018,” Aftab’s liminal sound floats between classical minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance, jazz structures and […]

DRYAD

  8:30 pm
  Gabe's
Featuring crusty dual vocals and relentless buzzsaw riffs, DRYAD is an anomalous combination that eludes easy classification, using elements of d-beat punk, old school death and atmospheric black metal, along with their own touch of bizarre, blackened forest filth. Since the debut of The Black Pullet EP in early 2017, DRYAD has emerged from the […]

Tré Burt

  8:30 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation and those seeking it. The plots merge for an ultimate reckoning with the archetypal mother of these songs on the final track, “Tell Mary”, “say what you want, […]

Soccer Mommy

  9:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. […]

Cadence Weapon

  9:45 PM
  Gabe's
Cadence Weapon is the musical project of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer and poet Roland “Rollie” Pemberton. The son of a pioneering hip-hop radio DJ, Pemberton was introduced to a diverse library of music at an early age. After teaching himself to rap at age 13, he would soon enter freestyle battles and sit in as […]

Aaron Dilloway

  10:00 PM
  Riverside Theatre
Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improviser and composer originally from Brighton, MI who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 – 2005), Dilloway […]

Ric Wilson

  11:15 PM
  The Englert Theatre
Co-Produced by SCOPE Productions Chicago’s nouveau disco inspired rap superstar, United Nations Geneva-visiting activist, and community goofball Ric Wilson has dropped three crucial EP’s “Soul Bounce” (2016) & “Negrow Disco” (2017) & “BANBA” (2018). Performing at Rolling Loud, North Coast, Mamby on the Beach, Tour De Fat and opening for acts such as The Roots, […]

Dos Santos

  11:30 PM
  Gabe's
“If there is a refuge from the horrors outside of us, Dos Santos seem to suggest it is in the free and bountiful exchange of ideas and hopes and dreams among friends and fellow travelers, a joy—or at least a forcefulness—found in community.” – Colin Joyce, Noisey Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos is set to […]

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Maaaze

  2:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Maaaze is a rock band from Eastern Iowa. Their knack for pop sensibilities, progressive arrangements, and use of effects both in the studio and onstage, has helped them craft a highly regarded sound amongst Eastern Iowa rock circles. Their live show packs a serious punch, a musical and visual journey invites the listener to get […]

Collidescope

  3:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Five years (it’s been 5 years?) after being shipwrecked on Earth, and assimilation into its many forms of “society” has never been more taxing. While Madi and Hadiza arrived (crash landed) on Earth with a veritable set of skills related to the recycling of intergalactic waste, this has been difficult to translate into gainful employment. […]

Oh Boy Road Show

  3:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, is taking their record show on the road, and their first stop? Mission Creek Festival! The event will feature a large selection of new and used vinyl, including Vinyl Cup Records exclusives and limited special editions from John Prine,  Dan Reeder, Arlo McKinley, and Tré Burt. And that’s not all… Tre Burt will be […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Wave Cage

  3:30 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres, challenges the ear, and invites audience members to re-engage with and reimagine jazz and improvised music.  Wave Cage is Nolan Schroeder (sax/electronics), Ryan Garmoe (trumpet/electronics/keyboards), Jarrett Purdy (keyboards/synthesizers/electronics) and Chris Jensen (drums).  Stylistically, the band draws heavily from […]

Peel Dream Magazine

  4:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous “Best of 2018” lists. Channeling a […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Willy Tea Taylor

  4:45 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing. Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as […]

Ohmme

  5:00 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
There’s an obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunnningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. But together, along with drummer […]

Adia Victoria

  6:00 PM
  Big Grove Brewery
Adia Victoria is a daughter of the South, a born and bred South Carolinian who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. It is no surprise, then, that stories of the South find their way into her music, into the lyrics she pens and the chords she plays. It has been the case through her […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]

FACS

  6:15 PM
  Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps […]

Small Press & Literary Magazine Book Fair

  11:00 AM
  FilmScene at The Chauncey
Literary magazines and independent publishers from around the block and across the country will set up shop at FilmScene at The Chauncey. Representing some of the most exciting work in publishing today, this free, day-long event features the following presses: Chapter House, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Europa Editions, Ice Cube Press, Jaded Ibis Press, […]

I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. Comix & Zine Fair

  11:00 AM
  PS1 Close House
Join us for I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M., the 5th annual Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media. The event features local and regional artists and their comics, zines, artbooks, weatables, and ephemera! I.C.E. C.R.E.A.M. is collaboratively presented by Public Space One and Mission Creek Festival. Featured artists: Iowa City Press Co-Op Katie Armentrout | […]

Sarah Gerard & Kaveh Akbar

  1:00 PM
  Prairie Lights
SARAH GERARD Sarah Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art […]

Sarah Minor, Daniel Khalastchi, & Caryl Pagel

  2:15 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Sarah Minor Sarah Minor is a writer and interdisciplinary artist and author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the 2020 Big Other Nonfiction Book Award, and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient […]

Mistranslation for Non-translators: A Generative Poetry Workshop

  3:30 PM
  Iowa City Public Library
Register “Translating continuously feeds my own writing by, among other things, enriching my English and developing my capacities in English. The problem after problem that pose themselves, in translating, require me to become ever more ingenious in my home language.” —Lydia Davis, “Eleven Pleasures of Translating” In this workshop, writers will experiment with translators’ techniques, […]

Reneice Charles, Tameka Cage Conley, & John Elizabeth Stintzi

  4:45 PM
  The Tuesday Agency
Reneice Charles Reneice is a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer often found beachside in Los Angeles, CA. Reneice was the Managing Editor for SKEW Magazine issue 03 // Black Abundance, and will serve as Editor in Chief for issues 04 and 05. She is the author of the queer baking column, Femme Brûlée, formerly […]

Eve L. Ewing + Fariha Róisín + Golden

  6:00 PM
  Film Scene at The Chauncey
Eve L. Ewing Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a Chicago-based sociologist of education. She is the award-winning author of four books, including a book for young readers Maya and the Robot; the poetry collection 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and her first book, the […]