Writers & Critics

Schedule for The 2014-2015 Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series

Note: This series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake University Center for the Humanities.

Fall 2014 Events

Being a Writer in the World: Writing as World Citizenship
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Des Moines Social Club
Reception with refreshments follows
Featuring four authors from the International Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, our guests will read from their work and speak on their experiences as writers in countries where speech is not protected, women are not respected, politics are radically shifting, and government censorship can ban a book without a reason even being offered. Join us for a deeply enlightening evening of international literature and global politics.
Co-sponsored by the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship.
Performing Bohemia
Concert Reading & Panel
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University
Reception with refreshments follows
Four noted Susan Glaspell scholars from the International Susan Glaspell Society will perform, along with Drake English faculty and students, a concert reading of Cheryl Black’s Performing Bohemia–an adaptation of Glaspell’s one-act play, “The People.” The performance will be followed by a lively panel discussion of the play, of Glaspell’s work, and of Glaspell herself.
Poetry Out Loud with Douglas Kearney, CBS, and RunDSM
Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University
Reception with refreshments follows
Douglas Kearney, poet, graphic designer, and performer, author of the astonishing Black Automaton as well as the brilliant new Patter, will give a public reading and performance of his work, and host the readings and performances of students from Drake’s Coalition of Black Students, and young, local poets from RunDSM. The following night, Kearney will display artwork and present/perform as part of the Ineffability Exhibition organized by the Comparison Project.
Co-sponsored by the Comparison Project and the Coalition of Black Students.
The Writer’s Harvest
Thursday, November 13, 2014
3:30–6 pm
Des Moines Public Library, Downtown Branch
Reception with refreshments follows
Poet Sandy Longhorn and author Aimee LaBrie, this year’s judges of the Periphery prizes, will read alongside several Drake student writers from Periphery 51 at the Des Moines Public Library, Downtown location.

Post-Publication Prize for First Book of Literary Non-Fiction
Drake Emerging Writer Award
The Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series at Drake University is accepting submissions for its sixth annual Drake Emerging Writer Award. The faculty and students of Drake University's English Department select one outstanding first book from among the entries: the author receives an honorarium of $1000 plus travel and lodging expenses to read at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Each year, the award rotates among genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic forms). We are currently accepting submissions of first books of Literary Non-Fiction for consideration for the Drake University Emerging Writer Reading, which will be held during the first week of April 2015. Entries may be submitted by the author or the publisher and must include a copy of the book; a cover letter that includes a brief biography, contact information for the author (including email address), and a statement affirming that this is his/her first book-length literary non-fiction publication. There is no reading fee. Books submitted must have a publication date of 2011 or later. Entries must be postmarked by September 15th, 2014. Materials postmarked after September 15th will not be considered. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of the Drake University English Department.
The winner will be notified by February 1, 2015. All entrants will be notified of the results by February 15, 2015.
This year, the award is open to single-author first books of literary non-fiction only. Authors must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the reading at Drake University during the first week of April 2015 to receive the award. The following are ineligible for the awards: 1) authors who have published more than one book of literary non-fiction through independent, university, or commercial publishers; 2) entries from vanity presses and self-published books; 3) current students and employees of Drake University.
Send all materials to:
Drake University Emerging Writer Award
c/o Susan Glaspell Writers and Critics Reading Series
English Department, Howard Hall
Drake University
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
For questions about the award or the series, please e-mail:


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For more information, please contact Amy Letter 515.271.3819