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Summer at PorchLight & PorchLight Recommends

Dear PorchLighters,

You may have seen our posts about PorchLight's new Rooftop Reading series, to be rolled out over four end-of-the-month Fridays, June through September. Each installment bringing together a poet, a prose writer, and a singer-songwriter for a forty-minute mélange of music and word, drinks and views. 

You may not know, that as well as making a great artist date, these

events comprise our annual fundraising effort. While most of our programming is free, we would love your support for this one.

Please consider buying a ticket or two, or a season pass. This will help keep us running through the winter months, and help to ensure that more interdisciplinary events like this will keep coming your way via PorchLight Literary. Here is link where you can purchase tickets:


Speaking of free events, our third garden building and writing session is coming up with Margaret LeMay this Saturday at 1:00, at PorchLight. Gardens are inherently creative spaces; join us this Saturday to plant some annuals and create some new lines and images on paper. All ages are welcome!


We are thrilled to announce a generous grant from the ACT Giving Committee to support the Fairweather Writing Sessions. Weekly, for two years, PorchLight and Iowa City Poetry volunteers have been leading generative writing sessions with formerly homeless people who are working to gain stability in their mental health. It has been a pleasure to get to know these writers, and now it will be a pleasure to expand the program to feature a yearly publication and reading. Thank you ACT, and thank you to Shelter House partnering with us!



Iowa City's own Nina Lohman will launch her debut creative non-fiction book "The Body Alone" on Friday, June 21st at 7 pm at Prairie Lights. I have been lucky to see drafts of this book from its beginnings all the way through to its final form. It's an elegant and moving account one woman's travels through a medical system that still knows so little about female pain. Don't miss this one!

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