OTTUMWA-The Indian Hills Community College Performing and Visual Arts department will host a poetry reading for current students and community members this month. The public is invited to The Hills Café (adjacent to the IHCC Ottumwa campus library) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 24, to enjoy a free evening of poetry. The Hills Café coffee bar will be open to purchase a coffee or sweet treat prior to the reading.
Students in Indian Hills poetry and creative writing courses will be sharing the original works they have been developing throughout the current academic year. Indian Hills has an active creative writing club under the direction of Professor Joy Lyle that meets weekly and encourages students in their writing of poetry, short stories, novels, and plays.
Professor Lyle and Dr. Victor Streeby are both creative writing professors at Indian Hills, published authors, and alumni of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. They organize poetry readings twice a year to bring together students and writers from IHCC’s 10-county area. They also enjoy the opportunity to share their original pieces in the bi-annual poetry readings.
Many of the student works shared in the poetry readings will be published in the 2018 edition of The Hills Review, the college’s journal of creative writing which Lyle and Streeby work with students to organize and create. For many students, it’s their first chance to see their poems published.
Community poets are welcome to share one or two short pieces of original work in the Apr. 24 poetry reading. Please contact Professor Joy Lyle at 641-683-5144 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share a creative piece.