SCC Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Tony Flesher & Strummer Hoffston, Saturday, November 12


Southeastern Community College’s Culture on Campus Committee will host a Visiting Writers Series event Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 p.m. on its West Burlington campus. Scheduled to appear are poets Tony Flesher and Strummer Hoffston, 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 Professor 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.”

Tony Flesher is originally from Des Moines, Iowa, and he lived in Chicago for many years after graduation from the University of Iowa. He returned to Iowa City to write and study in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he is now a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in poetry. He was published recently in the Des Moines Register.

Strummer Hoffston is a graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she is pursuing her MFA. Her poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Per Contra, Across the Margin, frankmatter, and Epiphany, where she was the winner of Epiphany Magazine’s Spring Contest.

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. 

Publicity photos are available for download below.

Tony Flesher

Strummer Hoffston

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