Area poets Daniel Khalastchi, Dora Malech and Marc Rahe to read from their work at Coe

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2014-01-29 11:29:38 - General

Area poets Daniel Khalastchi, Dora Malech and Marc Rahe will read their poetry and participate in a question and answer session on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is open to the public at no charge.

The three met while studying in the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and they have remained close while being active participants in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids literary community. Coe Assistant Professor of English Nick Twemlow will lead a brief question and answer session highlighting how an MFA in creative writing did or did not prepare the poets for the "real world." After answering questions, each poet will read from his or her work.

Khalastchi currently teaches and coordinates a business writing program at the University of Iowa. His latest poem, "Notes from an Adjunct Professor at a Major American University," is featured in the fall 2012 issue of The Iowa Review. His second collection of poems will be published by McSweeney's in 2015. He is also a founding editor at Rescue Press.

Malech currently coordinates the Iowa Youth Writing Project, an arts outreach program for children and teens. She has been the recipient of a Frederick M. Clapp Poetry Writing Fellowship from Yale. Many of her poems have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker and Poetry. Her second book, "Say So," was published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

Rahe works in administration for Goodwill Industries. His poems have also been published in works such as, A Journal of New American Poetry, Gutcult and many other publications. His first collection of poems, "The Smaller Half," was published by Rescue Press in 2010.

Twemlow teaches creative writing and film at Coe College. His first collection of poems, "Palm Trees" (Green Lantern Press, 2012), won the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems have been published in A Public Space, Best American Non-required Reading, Boston Review, Fence, and elsewhere. His film and video works have played Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, Athens and many other film festivals. Tremlow is the recipient of a Princess Grace Honorarium in Filmmaking. He is a senior editor for The Iowa Review and co-edits Canarium Books.

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