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FTRS featuring Laura Farmer

Laura FarmerCedar Falls native Laura Farmer takes the stage this month as FTRS's featured reader on Thursday, Nov. 21 starting at 7 p.m. at the Hearst Center for the Arts.  



Farmer will be reading her short story, "A Lesson in Geography," which details a widower's efforts to navigate the world--and raise his daughter--without his wife.  Like many of her stories, it is set in a fictional amalgam of Cedar Falls and Waterloo, where Farmer was raised.


“I experienced great freedom here - to explore the streets and streams as a child and later, in high school, to ask questions as a youth reporter for The Courier,” says Farmer. “These experiences showed me the depths one small place can have. The stories that take place in the homes and gas stations and restaurants in small-town Iowa are just as moving and gripping as events that take place in larger cities. While my stories are fiction,” she adds, “I like to hope the emotions are true - especially to Midwestern readers.” 


Laura Farmer is an author and the director of Cornell College’s Writing Studio. In the Writing Studio, students are offered tutoring services to aid in college success on such things as writing, test-taking, reading, studying, note-taking, and time management. Farmer’s works have been published in The Iowa Review and The Summerset Review. She also contributes weekly book reviews to the Cedar Rapids Gazette


The evening begins with open mic signup at 7:00 p.m. The open mic starts at 7:15.  Creative writers are invited to bring five minutes of original poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction to share. Singer-songwriters are also welcome to use the Hearst Center’s grand piano. Laura Farmer takes the stage at 8:00. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows. This event is free and open to the public. The Final Thursday Reading Series is sponsored by Final Thursday Press, The Hearst Center for the Arts, and the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.  Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Hearst Center.  FTRS returns on January 30, 2014 with a return visit by Wapsipinicon Almanac publisher and editor, Timothy Fay.