Writers Reading

The Geisler Library Writers Reading Series was established in 1987 to promote an appreciation of books and their authors. The series features locally, nationally and internationally known writers reading and discussing their fiction and/or nonfiction works.

Past guests have included such writers as Maxine Kumin, Sabina Murray, Ethan Canin, Marilynne Robinson, Ted Kooser, Robert Dana, Jane Hirshfield, Patricia Hampl, Richard Powers, James Alan McPherson, Terry Tempest Williams, Kay Ryan and Naomi Shahib Nye as well as Central College faculty and students.

Readings are free and open to the public. Please join us!

For information about Writers Reading, please contact Susan Pagnac at 641-628-5209.


Oct. 27 — Curtis Bauer ’92

Curtis Bauer is the author of three poetry collections, most recently American Selfie (Barrow Street Press, 2019), available in Spanish translation as Selfi Americano (Vaso Roto Ediciones, 2022). He is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish: his publications include the novel The Home Reading Service, by Fabio Morábito (Other Press, 2021), the memoir Land of Women, by María Sánchez (Trinity University Press, 2022) and the full-length poetry collection This Could Take Some Time by Clara Muschietti (eulalia books, 2022). His other translations include Image of Absence, by Jeannette L. Clariond (The Word Works Press, 2018), which won the International Latino Book Award for “Best Nonfiction Book Translation from Spanish to English,” From Behind What Landscape, by Luis Muñoz (Vaso Roto Ediciones, 2015) and Eros Is More, by Juan Antonio González Iglesias (Alice James Books, 2014).

Curtis has given readings, lectures and taught workshops in Spanish and English across the US and in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela and Spain. Most recently he has taught writing workshops in Spanish for Lines & Spaces a literary partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He divides his time between Spain and Texas.

March 20 — Debra Rienstra

Debra Rienstra is professor of English at Calvin University and the author of Refugia Faith. Learn more at debrarienstra.com.

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