Department of Languages and Literatures

Release Reading for Vince Gotera's The Coolest Month

Vince Gotera publishes The Coolest Month, a collection of April poetry

April 9 release reading for award-winning Cedar Falls poet’s new book

Cover of The Coolest Month by Vince GoteraT. S. Eliot once famously wrote, “April is the cruellest month.” Vince Gotera aims to upend that truism with a collection that celebrates poetry during that month. Since 2012, Gotera has made the most of April, writing new poems every day in response to multiple NaPoWriMo and Poem-a-Day prompts. The Coolest Month (Final Thursday Press) brings together the best of those efforts, with a poem for each day of the month. The resulting collection is often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and always an impressive display of poetic chops.

A release reading for The Coolest Month will be held on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in 1017 Bartlett Hall on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to read an interview with Vince Gotera about his new collection.

Vince Gotera is a Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa where he served as Editor of the North American Review (2000-2016). He is now the Editor of Star*Line, the print journal of the international Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. His collections of poems include Dragonfly, Fighting Kite, and the upcoming Pacific Crossing.          

Final Thursday Press is a not-for-profit literary press specializing in poetry chapbooks by regional authors. Ghost Wars, a chapbook by Vince Gotera that was published by Final Thursday Press, won the 2004 Global Filipino Award for Poetry.


This event is sponsored by the UNI Creative Writing Program and the Department of Languages & Literatures.