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The Absence of Love – A Literary and Musical Show

September 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Absence of Love – A Literary and Musical show

Tickets are $7 dollars on entry. We accept cash and credit cards

Welcome to our September Reading
‘The Absence of Love.’
Our writers and musician will take you on journeys of survival through darkness, where the greatest commodity in the world appears to be non existent.
Perhaps our protagonists will find a spark they are able to cling to- perhaps.

Your writers are.
S.P. Jayaraj who will as always also be your host
Margaret LeMay
Eliza David
Terri Holmgren
Glen Freeman

Your Musician will be
Derek Sword

S.P. Jayaraj
is a fantasy fiction writer, poet, literary activist and curator. Through Cracked Walnut he has been organizing readings where fellow writers and himself can connect directly to an audience invested in the arts.

Margaret LeMay
has taught creative writing at The University of Iowa, Coe College, the Iowa Youth Writing Project in Iowa City, and the East Harlem Tutorial Project in New York City. Her poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Better, The Cortland Review, Little Village, Transom, and elsewhere.

Eliza David
Chicago-born Eliza David is the author of eleven novels and lives in Iowa City. A member of the Romance Writers of America, Eliza serves on ICPL’s Board of Trustees and is a concierge with The Writers’ Rooms. Her latest is Love in Reverse, a fictional retelling of her first love.

Teresa Holmgren
refers to herself as “the happiest woman on the planet.” She lives on the 1876 Century Farm, where she was raised, northwest of Des Moines. She is a long-suffering left-handed retired teacher, has a tall blonde husband, and has raised five fiercely creative children. She has arachibutyrophobia, which has nothing to do with spiders. Both her novel and memoir are available on Amazon and Kindle.

Glenn Freeman
has published two collections of poetry, Keeping the Tigers Behind Us and Traveling Light. A third collection, Drinking with O’Hara is forthcoming from Gunpowder Press. His work has been published in journals such as Poetry, The Cimarron Review, Thrush, and Connotation Press. He teaches writing and American literature at Cornell College.

Derek Sword


September 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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