Iowa Writes

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Eve met her virgin granddaughter on a street corner in a Midwestern city and asked, "Where can I get some smokes?"  Mary smiled and pulled out a pack of Camel Lights.  They leaned against the glass of a sandwich shop, watching taxis speed through red lights and bicyclist spit in the gutters.  A young leathered man walked past them with a dSLR camera up to his face.  He snapped their photo.  Eve screamed at his light feet.  Mary placed her hand on Eve's shoulder, and they stood like that until the bitters soaked their tongues.  Then Eve threw her filter to the ground and started to walk away.  "Listen," Mary said.  Eve began to shrug, then paused, her shoulders hunched.  "Listen," Mary said again, "just listen."  Eve closed her eyes.  A cliché of sound encircled them.  A siren wailed.  A horn blared.  When she opened them again, Mary was walking across four lanes of traffic, lighting another cigarette.

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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Katharine Monger is a senior English major at the University of Iowa with roots in western Pennsylvania, northeastern Tennessee, and southeastern Iowa.  She writes short fiction, non-fiction, plays, and screenplays, but never poetry without the modifier "prose" (or does she?). She loves sushi, hates socks, and is most definitely a dog person.

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