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Bluestockings

Feminist art collective.


Antelope Lending Library

Antelope Lending Library is an independent bookmobile library founded in 2012. With a circulating collection of between 3,000-4,000 books, Antelope provides free membership to anyone interested in borrowing materials (regardless of residency), literacy activities for kids and their families, free wifi and mobile computer lab access, and works to connect people to their community. All materials are lent on a no-fees basis, so access is always free, no matter what.

Antelope Lending Library

The Center for Humanist Inquiries

The Center for Humanist Inquiries offers classes, workshops, and individual consultations to help people become better critical and creative thinkers. We hope to connect thoughtful people in supportive and enriching local and global online communities. In all we offer, CHI explores basic human questions with an interdisciplinary approach to provoke wonder in everyday life.

Center for Humanist Inquiries

draft: the journal of process

draft: the journal of process is a one-of-a-kind literary journal that publishes first and final drafts of stories, essays, and poems along with author interviews about the creative process. draft was founded in 2010 by Mark Polanzak and Rachel Yoder and has since been profiled in The Boston Globe, The L.A. Times, Poets & Writers, and The AWP Chronicle. We’ve talked shop, craft, drafts, and everything in between at The AWP Conference, The Witching Hour Festival (Iowa City), The Editors’ Roundtable at Porter Square Books (Boston), and on a new podcast called THE FAIL SAFE, produced in collaboration with The Iowa Writers’ House. Our journal has showcased the drafts of luminary writers and poets such as Amy Bloom, Roxane Gay, Matt Hart, Matt Bell, and Joe Wilkins. In addition to our print publication, we also curate a blog featuring writing exercises, craft talks, articles on the writing life, and student writing. For more info, please visit draftjournal.com.

Produced collaboratively by draft: the journal of process and The Iowa Writers’ House, The Fail Safe podcast provides encouragement for anyone who’s ever wanted to write and pulls back the curtain on the creative process for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the writer-at-work. This interview podcast explores how today’s most successful writers grapple with and learn from creative failure and examines the many challenges and pitfalls of the literary life. Past guests include Garth Greenwell, Leslie Jamison, and Roxane Gay in conversation with host Rachel Yoder. More at thefailsafepodcast.com.

draft
Fail Safe podcast

Drupal Corn

DrupalCorn Camp is a gathering of people from around the midwest region to learn, share and network around the Drupal platform. The event draws a wide range of interests from beginners to experts, programmers to CTOs, in both private and public enterprise.

DrupalCorn Camp

Floodwater Comedy Festival

A weekend of comedy coming to downtown Iowa City April 16-19th. It will be entertaining, interactive, and most importantly, will make people laugh. Programming will focus on three major forms of comedy: performance (stand-up and improv), video shorts, and writing. Events will include performances, open mic nights, screenings, reading workshops, talkbacks, and more.

Floodwater Comedy Festival

Iowa Music Project

Iowa Music Project is a collaborative endeavor dedicated to promoting, producing, and preserving live music throughout the state of Iowa.

Iowa Music Project

Iowa Tech Chicks

Iowa Tech Chicks is a community organization that strives to connect and educate women working in and interested in learning technology. Program areas include education for women in tech, education and services for women business owners and outreach to girls. Girls Tech Career Day is our primary event. Please join us!

Iowa Tech Chicks

Iowa Youth Writing Project

The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a collective of like-minded individuals that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with its community, fostering creativity and writing among the children of Iowa City and surrounding communities. It provides writing, tutoring, and publishing opportunities to Iowa’s school-aged children and teens. These opportunities are provided at little or no cost to participants through the volunteer work of Iowa City’s literary community and partnerships with local programs, organizations, and institutions.

IYWP Goals and Objectives:

  • To foster imagination and the art of creative writing for children and teens
  • To provide free opportunities for project-based literary and interdisciplinary learning
  • To inspire children and teens with a lifelong appreciation of the writing arts
  • To create events, workshops, and other avenues for children and teens to work with nationally recognized and professional writers
  • To provide after-school and in-school support for teachers and students
  • To serve as a resource for student writing and publishing
  • To empower youth through language, literature, and creative thinking
Iowa Youth Writing Project

Prompt Press

Publications: inspired by Gertrude Stein's Paris Salon, Prompt Press provides inspiration for and invites collaboration between writers and visual artists. We believe cross media collaboration is vital to the creation of boundary pushing new work, and necessary at a time when funding for the arts is low. Prompt provides a space for artists to connect, study each other's work, and publish within the national scene. In our exploration of how word becomes image, becomes word we invite book artists, who are already working in the space between image and word, to design our bi-annual print journal.

Workshops and Camps: supports teen artists and writers through workshops and publishing opportunities. Our “Image+Word” workshop for teens (offered in collaboration with IYWP) takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching both visual art and writing. Our first month long “Image+Word” workshop for adults will be offered in March in collaboration with Iowa City Poetry. Prompt also partners with Iowa City Poetry to sponsor the monthly “Free Generative Writing Workshop.” Each month a new talented teacher/writers presents an original prompt, from which participants write and receive feedback.

Prompt Press

Reclaiming Roots

Our hope is that spaces are restored and reclaimed and that people meet people in the process. We believe all space is sacred and we have a duty in maintaining beauty.

Our hope is that while we work together toward completing each project, we learn to be conscious of our decisions and obligation to add to the beauty.

Our hope is that while we find ourselves in a culture of consumption and exhaustion we are able to slow down enough to see that all space is sacred and in need of repair.

Our hope is we become aware that we cannot survive without each other. That community is essential and without everyone’s help we will find ourselves looking for something more.

Our hope is to express love.

Reclaiming Roots

The Seagull Film

Our project involves making a full-length independent non-profit film of Anton Chekhov’s play, The Seagull. The film is to be shot here in Iowa during the summer of 2015 using mostly Iowa actors, artists and technicians. As director, Carol MacVey has worked on this play for three decades: researching, directing, acting, translating, teaching, and writing about the complex characters and beautiful world created by Chekhov at the turn of the 20th century. As a playwright, Chekhov’s genius is his ability to represent both our interactive outward lives as well as our unspoken often unrealized inner lives. Film may be the ideal medium to capture the depth and breadth of his vision.

The Seagull Film