Department of Languages and Literatures

Final Thursday Reading Series: Fall 2018

Final Thursday Reading Series Starts Season 19

Local Creative Writing Series Brings Novelist Jocelyn Cullity to Cedar Falls

Jocelyn CullityAmah and the Silk-winged PigeonsThe Final Thursday Reading Series is back for another season featuring regional authors reading from their recently published work. The FTRS open mic also returns, giving local writers a chance to share their own creative writing.


The season begins on August 30, the final Thursday of the month, with novelist Jocelyn Cullity. Cullity is the author of the novel, Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons. This historical novel, set during a tumultuous moment in 19th-century India, has been named a finalist for the International Book Award, the Foreward Indies Award, and the Eric Hoffer Award. Cullity is the director of the Truman State University creative writing BFA, and an interview with her about Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons can be read at

Other Fall 2018 featured readers are as follows:

September 27: Grant Tracey, author of the novel, A Fourth Face. Fiction editor of the North American Review.

October 25: Jeffrey S. Copeland, author of the literary nonfiction work, Plague in Paradise: the Black Death in Los Angeles, 1924

November 29: Bettina Fabos, author of Proud and Torn: A Visual Memoir of Hungarian History.


All Final Thursday Reading Series events are held at the Hearst Center for the Arts’s Mae Latta Hall and are free to attend.  Open mic signup begins at 7 p.m. (bring your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction). The open mic begins at 7:15.  Featured readers take the stage at 8 p.m. As time permits, there will be a Q&A session following the reading. Books by featured readers and other regional authors will be available for purchase.


The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts, and the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences. Coffee is provided by Sidecar Coffee Roasters and cream is provided by Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy.

Final Thursday Reading Series