Hemon, Gay, Eady among writers at Iowa City Mission Creek Festival

Eighth annual event will feature authors, musicians and artists from April 2 - 7

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The eighth annual Mission Creek Festival will feature many literary events alongside a lineup of musicians and artists performing from April 2 to 7. All literary events are free and open to the public.

This year there are more than 18 literary events, including a small press and literary magazine book fair, two writers-in-residence, a lit crawl, poetry rock show, and a spoken word performance straight from Los Angeles and New York City. In all, more than 80 authors and 40 presses and magazines from across the country will participate. For a full list of events, go to missionfreak.com.

The festival will present readings with authors including Aleksander Hemon, Roxane Gay and Cornelius Eady.

Bosnian-American writer Hemon’s April 6 reading follows the publication of his genre-straddling “The Book of My Lives.” His other books include the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist “The Lazarus Project” (2008) and “Nowhere Man” (2002).

Roxane Gay comes to Iowa City as a Mission Creek Festival writer-in-residence. One of contemporary literature’s most prolific contributors, Gay’s works have garnered 14 Pushcart nominations the last three years, publishing her fiction and essays in such venues as VQR, American Short Fiction, McSweeney’s, Melville House, mud luscious, the Wall Street Journal, and about two dozen other places.

Co-founder of Cave Canem, a national organization supporting African American poetry and poets, Cornelius Eady visits on the heels of his recent jazz/poetry release “Asking for the Moon.” He is author of several books of poetry, earning him an NAACP Image Award, the Academy of American Poets’ Lamont Prize, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.

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