SCC Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Anca Roncea & Ryan Tucker, Saturday, November 14


Southeastern Community College’s Culture on Campus Committee will host a Visiting Writers Series event Saturday, November 14, at 8:00 p.m. on its West Burlington campus. Scheduled to appear are poets Anca Roncea and Ryan Tucker, two writers from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in Iowa City. SCC’s Di Dante Literature & Writing Club will co-host. 

SCC English/Creative Writing Instructor and Di Dante Advisor Charles Burm notes, “Members of SCC’s Culture on Campus Committee feel it is important to provide our students and the greater community with cultural opportunities that otherwise may be difficult to access. It is our honor and pleasure to bring these two distinguished writers to our campus.”

This reading will be held in the Little Theatre, Room 433, on SCC’s West Burlington campus, and it will be followed by a brief question and answer session with the authors. Free refreshments will be provided at the close of the event. 

Burm is quick in promoting the talents of the guest poets and the cooperative efforts of multiple organizations to make SCC’s Visiting Writers Series successful. “The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop is ranked as one the finest graduate creative writing programs in the nation. SCC’s relationship with this program can mean only good things for our students and our community.”

Burm continues, “Much credit should go to the Burlington Area Arts Council, the Burlington Fine Arts League, the Society of Great River Poets, the SCC Foundation, the Iowa University Arts Share program, and many area businesses and individuals for supporting our Culture on Campus Committee, the Visiting Writers Series, and Di Dante Literature & Writing Club students and projects. Through cooperative institutional and community efforts, we are able to host writers of this caliber.”

Anca Roncea is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry currently attending the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She graduated from the University of Bucharest English and American Studies departments where she is also a PhD candidate. In 2012-2013 she was a Fulbright scholar at UC Berkeley. After spending much of her 20s living in Romania, Myanmar, Paris, and California, she now lives in Iowa City writing poems.

Ryan Tucker is from the Central Coast region of California. After studying in that state’s community college system, he was awarded a degree in English and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley, where he was a recipient of the Eisner Prize for a poetry manuscript concerning water rights issues in and around Paso Robles, California. He is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he is a Teaching-Writing Fellow.

All Visiting Writers Series events are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Guests are encouraged to arrive and be seated by 7:45 p.m. For more information, contact Charles Burm,, (319) 208-5230.

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