Join us for a week of literary events


The IYWP and the UI English Society are teaming up to bring you a week of literary events! From February 26 to March 2, we’ll be doing lots of bookish and writerly things that everyone can enjoy, so be sure to mark your calendars! All of the proceeds from these events will go directly to the IYWP, so if you love what we do, we would love for you to stop by. This post has been updated to add information on times and and prices of events.


Monday, February 26th: Join us from 12 to 3 p.m. for the Literary Bake Sale in the IMU! Some goods on offer will include: a “tell-tale tart,” Emily Dickinson’s coconut cake, gingerbread mice and men, and a recreation of Harry’s birthday cake (as made by Hagrid in book/movie 1), among many others. 

Tuesday, February 27th: Stop by the EPB from 12 to 3 p.m. for a book sale! We’ll be selling a range of lightly used novels, classics, textbooks, etc. (we’re also accepting any and all donations of these through Monday, February 26th. A donation box can be found on the 3rd floor of the EPB on the free books table). 

Wednesday, February 28th: The English Society Open Mic Night will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gerber Lounge on the third floor of the EPB. A night of readings ranging from poetry, to prose, to song showcased by talented UI students – walk-in readers always welcome. There will be a raffle for a $20 Prairie Lights gift cards at this event. No tickets required, but if you want to make a donation, we will have an open donation jar will be available. 

Thursday, March 1st: The Murder Mystery Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gerber Lounge on the third floor of the EPB. The English Society is accepting RSVPs from people who want to participate in the narrative portion of the dinner for a fee of $7, and those who want to eat and watch the mystery unfold can RSVP for a $5 fee. To RSVP, visit 

Friday, March 2nd: IYWP Fundraising Showcase. A reading held at Prairie Lights featuring distinguished readers from the Iowa City community. There will be a pay-in raffle for a $50 dollar Prairie Lights gift card at this event and further donations always accepted.



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