Department of Languages and Literatures

The Authors Festival Continues

Posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Several September events highlight James Hearst (1900-1983), who gave us more than 600 poems in many volumes. Called “the Robert Frost of the Midwest,” Hearst also published essays and his autobiography, “My Shadow Below Me,” which offers a rich picture of Cedar Falls. Many festival events are located at the art center which is his legacy to his community.




James Hearst and the “North American Review”

Thurs., Sept. 7, 7 p.m.

Hearst Center for the Arts 

Jeremy Schraffenberger, UNI associate professor of English, will discuss Hearst’s connections to the “North American Review,” the oldest literary magazine in North America.


I’m published! Now what? A behind-the-scenes look at the crazy, wild and wonderful life of writers on the road.

Sat., Sept. 9, 2 p.m.

Reception and book signing to follow

Cedar Falls Public Library

This visual and entertaining program features Jeff Copeland’s experiences as a published author, and what it took to become one.


James Hearst's Poems as Songs:  Reprise and Update

Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m.  

Hearst Center for the Arts

Scott Cawelti will play a selection of Hearst’s poems set to music, discussing in detail why they work as songs, and share new ones previously unrecorded. 


Newly Discovered Poems of James Hearst

Thurs., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

Hearst Center for the Arts

Jim O'Loughlin, UNI assistant professor of English, recently discovered 18 previously unpublished poems by James Hearst; this will be their first public sharing.