Sunday 28 March 2021

Now Streaming: Ukamaka Olisakwe @ FTRS

If you didn't get to attend March's FTRS reading featuring novelist and poet Ukamaka Olisakwe, you can now stream it online. Thanks to the UNI Women's and Gender Studies program for co-sponsoring and to Rifat Siddiqui, WGS graduate student, for introducing Ukamaka Olisakwe and for helping to coordinate the book group that read Olisakwe's novel, Ogadinma: Or, Everything Will Be All Right.

In April, FTRS goes hybrid with a socially-distanced reading in the Hearst Center for the Arts outdoor sculpture garden (weather permitting) that will be Zoom simulcast. Follow FTRS on Facebook for more details.  April's featured readers are Doug Shaw and Thomas Hockey.  

Saturday 20 March 2021

Ukamaka Olisakwe at Final Thursday Reading Series


March’s Final Thursday Reading Series takes place on Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m via Zoom with a reading by Ukamaka Olisakwe from her new novel, Ogadinma: Or, Everything Will Be All Right (The Indigo Press). Also, the FTRS Open Mic returns this month. This free event will be happening via Zoom. Register at:

Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Ogadinma: Or, Everything Will Be All Right is a story of departure, loss and adaptation that has been celebrated as “a stirring, unflinching novel that further cements Olisakwe as an important feminist voice.” Olisakwe is also the author of the 2012 novel, Eyes of a Goddess. In 2014, she was named one of Africa’s most promising writers under the age of 40 by the UNESCO World Book Capital for the Africa39 project.

Prior to Olisakwe’s reading, the FTRS open mic will be back. Email before the event if you’d like to share your best five minutes of original creative work. Limited slots are available.

The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts, and the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences with support from Sidecar Coffee Roasters and Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy. Funding is provided by the UNI Office of the Provost and Executive Vice-President.  This event is co-sponsored by the UNI Women’s and Gender Studies Program as part of Women’s History Month.

FTRS will be back outdoors in the Hearst Center Outdoor Sculpture Garden for a reading by Doug Shaw and Thomas Hockey.