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Writers & Musicians Flock to Iowa City for 2013 Mission Creek Festival

From April 2nd to April 7th, writers, musicians, entertainers, and foodies from around the United States will descend on Iowa City for the 8th annual Mission Creek Festival.  The Festival, whose literary line-up alone includes more than 18 events, will feature a poetry rock show,  a spoken word performance, a lit crawl, two writers-in-residence, and a small press and literary magazine book fair that includes top shelf publications such as Granta and N+1 as well as prominent literary presses Sarabande Books, Dzanc Books, and  others.

As the countdown to the Festival begins, here’s a peek at singer and song-writer Joe Pug, who will perform on April 5th:

“The Festival is truly a time to be more on-on-one with leading American musicians, writers, and publishers, in Iowa City than any other,” says IWP's fall residency coordinator, Joe Tiefenthaler, the festival's literary director.  “Besides performing, these visiting musicians, comedians, and authors will give lectures, visit classrooms, teach youth, and collaborate with the community on a variety of stages—from traditional concert venues, to restaurants, bars and locally-owned stores, and many of these events are free.”

Authors including Aleksandar Hemon, Roxane Gay, Mary Jo Bang, Amelia Gray, Matt Bell, Aase Berg, Johannes Göransson, Janaka Stucky, Feng Sun Chen, Rauan Klassnik, Susanne Scanlon, Jac Jemc, Jensen Beach, Eleni Sikelianos, and Eileen Pollack will be joined by  writers and festival-goers from Iowa City, the Midwest, and across the country for a series of free public readings. A complete list of literary events is available here. For those who can’t make it to Iowa City for the Festival, many of the literary events will be streamed live by The Writing University, available for listening wherever there’s an internet connection.

The Festival will also feature performances by Iris Dement, Janeane Garofalo, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, Tig Notaro, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, White Lung, Mister Lies, Ital, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Julianna Barwick, and many others. A full line-up and ticket information is found here.

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