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Lit Crawl Line Up @ Mission Creek Festival





Rachel Kushner, Brian Evenson Headline Mission Creek Festival

Announcing featured writers & publishers: Rachel Kushner, Brian Evenson, Leslie Jamison, Jen Percy, Kyle Minor, Jamaal May, D. Foy, Third Man Records & Books, Graywolf Press, Wave Books, Black Ocean, Curbside Splendor, Sarabande Books, Coffee House Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, and the full lit schedule, including the 4th annual Lit Crawl and 5th annual Book Fair


Featured Musicians & Artists: Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Jason Isbell, Of Montreal, The Head and the Heart, Hannibal Buress, William Elliott Whitmore, Earth, Kishi Bashi, Warpaint, !!!, Oneohtrix Point Never, Nat Baldwin, Weekend, Wolf Eyes, The Pines, & many more…


Mission Creek Festival is excited to release the second literary lineup announcement for this spring’s festival, including the schedule of events. Throughout the week (April 1-6, 2014), Mission Creek Festival will host 30 literary events in venues throughout downtown Iowa City. These include readings by emerging authors, book prize winners, a publishers’ 20th anniversary celebration, a Lit Crawl that will feature 9 readings and over 70 authors in three hours, a day-long book fair held in a music venue with free beer samples from New Belgium, a lit/rock show hosted by Nashville’s Third Man Records, and other literary-crossover events in food, film, and more.

The full literary schedule:

Leslie Jamison & Adam Fell

4.1/Prairie Lights/6pm/Free


Kembrew McLeod & D. Foy

4.2/Prairie Lights/6pm/Free


Artist Roundtable: Jason Isbell & Lindsay Hunter

4.3/Motley Cow Cafe/4pm/Free


Sarabande Books 20th Anniversary: Kyle Minor & Angela Pelster

4.3/Prairie Lights/6pm/Free + reception to follow in the Times Club


Little Village and Slow Collision Press

4.3/Trumpet Blossom/8pm/Free


Lit Crawl

4.4/Downtown Iowa City/5-8pm/Free

More than 70 authors will represent Curbside Splendor, Coffee House Press, Black Ocean, Spork Press, POETRY Magazine, Hobart, A Strange Object, Hobart, Wag’s Revue, MAKE Magazine, Rescue Press, Graze Magazine, cookNscribble, Canarium, The Iowa Review, Red Hen Press, Forklift Ohio, H_NGM_N, Ninth Letter, and Artifice Books. For a full lineup and list of locations, please stay tuned at


Lit Crawl After Party

4.4/Studio 13/8pm/Free

Join the authors and lit crawl hosts for a drink or two, and stay for the dancing.


5th Annual Small Press and Literary Magazine Book Fair

4.5/The Mill/11am-6pm/Free

Presses and magazines will set up shop in Iowa City once again, coming to Mission Creek from Boston and Seattle; Nashville and Tucson; San Francisco and Austin; Savannah and Louisville; and from cities across the Midwest, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, and from right here in Iowa City. Come find books from some publishers you know, and some you may be seeing for the first time, including: Graywolf Press, Third Man Records & Books, Sarabande Books, Wave Books, Zyzzyva, Forklift Ohio, Curbside Splendor, Coffee House Press, Black Ocean, Spork Press, POETRY Magazine, Hobart, A Strange Object, Hobart, Wag’s Revue, H_NGM_N, MAKE Magazine, Rescue Press, Graze Magazine, [PANK] Magazine, The Iowa Review, Tiny Hardcore Press, University of Iowa Press, Birds LLC, Pretty Lit, Buzzfeed, Ugly Duckling Presse, jubilat, Black Clock, Canarium, Ninth Letter, draft: the journal of process, and more.


Discussion w/Rachel Kushner

4.5/Times Club/12 noon/Free

Join Rachel Kushner as she takes part in a public discussion with The Iowa Review’s Editor Harry Stecopoulos.


Film Screening & Reading

4.5/Film Scene/3pm

Saturday afternoon, author/musician Tim Kinsella will present Cockfighter, a film near to his newest book, Let Go and Go On and On (Curbside Splendor, 2014). Centered on cult actress Laurie Bird, Let Go fictionalizes what little is known of her personal life and what little work she put on screen before taking her own life at the age of 26.


Mission Boutique

4.5/Multiple Venues/3-6pm/Free

Mission Boutique events pair one writer with one band during an afternoon of free programming throughout downtown Iowa City:


Round one – Revival: Julian Rubinstein & Nadalands

Round two – Catherine’s: Tarfia Faizullah & Golden Birds

Round three – R.S.V.P: Tim Denevi & Fake Your Own Death


Iowa Public Radio & the Tuesday Agency present Rachel Kushner, Jen Percy, & Jamaal May

4.5/The Mill/6pm/Free


earthwords Release Party

4.5/Prairie Lights/7pm/Free


Third Man Records & Black Ocean present: Language Lessons Vol. 1


Nashville’s Third Man Records takes over Gabe’s on the Saturday of Mission Creek with an evening of literature and rock-n-roll. Third Man founders Jack White and Ben Swank originally conceived the record label to house, produce, and distribute Jack’s music projects and this spring Third Man will expand their operation with the release of an anthology of poetry, prose, and music called Language Lessons: Vol I. Celebrating the release of this new anthology, the night will feature writers Bill HillmanJanaka Stucky, and many more as well as music by Paul CarySamuel Locke-Ward & the Garbage Boys XXL, and Brooks Strause & the Gory Details. Two floors of lit and rock-n-roll -- Music upstairs / Writers downstairs. The readings start at 8:30. Third Man’s Rolling Record Store will be parked out front!


Was the Word



For more information:

Publicity Contact

Zoey Miller - Marketing Director, 319/214-0556


Literary Contact

Joe Tiefenthaler – Director, Literary Programming


Mission Creek Festival Dates:

April 1-6, 2014

Pass & Tickets Information:

Festival Passes and Individual Tickets on sale at:

Silver Pass - $125 ***SOLD OUT***

The Silver Pass grants access to all Mission Creek Festival ticketed music and comedic performances. Entrance to ticketed events at The Englert Theatre and Blue Moose Tap House is guaranteed at all times. Entrance to other venues is subject to capacity. Film screenings, culinary events, and Tech and Innovation events are not included in the Silver Pass and will require the purchase of additional tickets.


Deluxe Pass - $500

The Deluxe Pass guarantees entrance to all Mission Creek ticketed events (Free events are subject to capacity). Events include music and comedic performances, film screenings at FilmScene, free meals at all culinary events throughout the week (special dinners at Devotay, Leaf Kitchen, and Motley Cow; special brunches at the Mill and Trumpet Blossom), registration at the Tech + Innovation mini-conference, a special reception (Thu, Apr 3) at Plaza Towers, and a post-show meet and greet with Philip Glass.



Festival Sponsors:

The 2014 Mission Creek Festival is supported by title sponsor University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and generous sponsorships from Jim Beam Global, City of Iowa City, New Belgium Brewing, Iowa Public Radio, Iowa City / Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau, M.C. Ginsberg, Iowa City Downtown District, Moen Group, Hancher, The Tuesday Agency, and Sheraton Iowa City.

About Mission Creek:

Mission Creek Festival is a week-long experience that takes over the venues and spaces of downtown Iowa City—creating an easily navigated nexus of music, literature, food and art. As with past festivals, the upcoming event will feature a strong balance of national, international and regional musicians, writers and artists performing and exhibiting their work in downtown venues like the Englert Theatre, the Mill, Blue Moose Tap House, Public Space One, Gabe’s, the Yacht Club, Prairie Lights and many other traditional and non-traditional venues.