Reading Series


October 2, 2015

Xavier Cavazos, a 2013 graduate of Iowa State’s  MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Environment, will read from his new book of poetry, Diamond Grove Slave Tree.  The collection is a product of Cavazos’s time at Iowa State and was inspired by stories of the life and times of one of the university’s most distinguished alums, George Washington Carver. Diamond Grove Slave Tree won the inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize from Ice Cube Press. Cavazos is also the author of Barbarian at the Gate and served as poetry editor for Flyway: Journal of Creative Writing and the Environment. He currently teaches in the Central Washington Writing Project, Africana and Black Studies, and the Professional and Creative Writing Programs at Central Washington University.

Book signing and reception to follow.

Cosponsored by: University Museums, MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Environment, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)


Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015 at 7:00 pm – Campanile Room, Memorial Union

Poems of Environmental & Social Justice
Jane Satterfield & Ned Balbo

“Fascinating and revelatory, Her Familiars explores the culture of war and female experience through a varied and lively mix of forms.”

—Beth Ann Fennelly

“The father of modern horror, Edgar Allan Poe, himself provides a thread running through this book-length meditation on adoption and identity, on love and heartbreak, alienation and belonging.”

—A.E. Stallings, on The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems

From their unique perspectives, the poems of Jane Satterfield and Ned Balbo engage personal and public history through an engaged awareness of the challenges that shape our contemporary moment.

Jane Satterfield is the author of four books, including Daughters of Empire: a Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond, and Her Familiars, a collection of poetry. Satterfield’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry, the Florida Review Editors’ Prize, the Mslexia women’s poetry prize, and the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Poetry Prize. She has served as the literary editor for the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, and she is an associate professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland.

Ned Balbo is the author of three books including, most recently, The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems, which was awarded the 2010 Donald Justice Poetry Prize and the Poets’ Prize. Balbo currently teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University; his honors include the John Guyon Nonfiction Award, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, and three Maryland Arts Council grants. His fourth book, Upcycling Paumanok, which poet Mark Jarman has lauded as “the vital history of one of the crucial American places,” is forthcoming from Measure Press in 2016.