​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2024 Celebration of Literary Arts Festival​

The Celebration of Literary Arts Festival was initiated at DMACC in conjunction with the National Poetry Festival. The purpose of this celebration is to bring noted fiction and poetry writers to the six DMACC campuses to read their works and interact with students. Central to th​e festival is the idea that writers can be published and that one can indeed make a living as a professional writer or professional writer/faculty member. In addition to readings on campus, writers have evening readings at a local bookstore. Each year, the writers read at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines. 

For additional information contact Celebration of Literary Arts Coordinator, Marc Dickinson, 515-964-6221.​​​

Schedule of Events​

Carmen Maria Machado
Thursday, October 19th
11:15 AM
Ankeny Campus, Building 2, Room 25B​
7:00 PM
Beaverdale Books

​ ​Benjamin Percy
Tuesday, November 7th
11:15 AM 
Ankney Campus, Buiding 2 Room 25B​

Camille T. Dungy
Tuesday, December 12th
10:00 AM​
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Wednesday, February 7th
12:15 PM​
Ankeny Campus, Building 5, Black Box Theatre​
Free books available! ​


Danez Smith

Kwame Dawes
Monday April 15
12:15 pm
Building 2, Room 25 B​
Free books available! (While supplies last)​

Monday April 15
6:30 PM
Beaverdale Books

Sarah Thankam Mathews​
Monday, April 22nd​
11:15 AM​
Building 2, Room 25 B​
Free books available! (While supplies last)​

» View previous festivals​​​​​​​​​