What are your memories of 2020? The lockdowns, supply shortages, and terrible losses of the COVID-19 pandemic? The economic upheavals, widespread protests, and virtual classrooms? The August derecho?
Please join us as three local authors--Joe Chambers, Monica Flink, and Jonathan Turner--read from their contributions to the Midwest Writing Center Press collection These Interesting Times: Surviving 2020 in the Quad Cities. This anthology features essays, poems, stories, and artwork that, together, form a record of the contributors' experiences of and reflections on a year like no other.
For further information on the anthology, please visit http://www.mwcqc.org/books/these-interesting-times-surviving-2020-in-the-quad-cities/.
This event is presented in partnership with the Midwest Writing Center. Remote attendance is possible; please register in order to have the login information sent to you. If you plan to attend in person, there is no need to register.
Joe Chambers was born in Iowa, one of eight children. He earned his B.S. in Psychology and his M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Iowa. His poems have been published in Off Channel and Lyrical Iowa. Joe and his wife, Shelley, share a house in Davenport. Its views provide their daily connection to the Mississippi River.
Monica Flink is an award-winning writer and baker from Davenport, Iowa. When she's not writing or baking, she is usually stopping her cat, Cinder, from causing mayhem. Her essay is dedicated to her number one fan, her mother, and everyone else who has had a challenging 2020. Choose kindness every day.
Jonathan Turner of Bettendorf has been a professional journalist for 34 years. He's written for newspapers in Connecticut, as well as The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and The Quad-City Times. Since March 2020, he's been a regular contributor to QuadCities.com and WVIK. He is the author of A Brief History of Bucktown: Davenport's Infamous District Transformed and is currently the Digital News Producer at Local 4 News WHBF TV.