SCC Press Release

SCC Visiting Writers Series Kicks off November 21

 Southeastern Community College’s Culture on Campus Committee will host a Visiting Writers Series event Saturday, November 21, at 8:00 p.m. Scheduled to appear are poets Amanda Nadelberg and Jane Wong, two nationally acclaimed 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 for supporting Di Dante students and projects. Through cooperative community efforts, we are able to host writers of this caliber.”

Amanda Nadelberg is a second-year poetry MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book, Isa the Truck Named Isadore, won the 2005 Slope Editions Book Prize and was published in 2006, and her poems have appeared in Tarpaulin Sky, Conduit, No: a journal of the arts, Cannibal, and other journals. Ms. Nadelberg is a 2008 recipient of a grant from The Fund for Poetry and a graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota.

Jane Wong is a second-year poetry MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and Naropa University, and her poems have appeared in Chronogram, Octopus, Berkeley Poetry Review, Guernica, and other journals. Ms. Wong majored in Literature and Creative Writing at Bard College in New York and was a 2007-08 U.S. Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong.

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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