FOREST CITY – The Clear Lake Arts Center in conjunction with Waldorf University will host authors Oscar Oswald, Ryan Clark, and Lydia Knudtson on the evening of April 12, 2023.
The event will be held at the Clear Lake Arts Center located at 17 S. Fourth St., Clear Lake, Iowa, 50428 on April 12, 2023. Reception with light refreshments starts at 6 p.m. and readings beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Q&A to follow.
Oscar Oswald is a poet and teacher at the University of Idaho, spending the entirety of his life in the west you will find his poetry is engaged with wester myths and their realities. Oswald’s poetry has appeared in “The Antioch Review,” “Colorado Review,” “Denver Quarterly,” “Seneca Review,” “New England Review” and “Fence,” among other journals, and he has published prose and criticism on “LitHub” and “The Offending Adam.” Oscar has a doctorate in English and creative writing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he was a Black Mountain Fellow. He served as an assistant editor for “Noemi Press” and as the poetry editor for “Witness.” His first book of poems, “Irredenta,” was an Editor’s Choice manuscript from Nightboat Books, published in 2021.
Ryan Clark writes poetry through a unique method of homophonic translation. He is the author of the books “Arizona SB 1070: An Act” and “How I Pitched the First Curve,” and his poems have appeared in such journals as “DIAGRAM,” “Painted Bride Quarterly” and “Yemassee.” He teaches at Waldorf University as an associate professor of English and creative writing.
Lydia Knudtson is a soon-to-be college graduate from Waldorf University with a major in creative writing and a minor in communications. Born in Minnesota and moving often throughout her childhood, she doesn’t often fear change or uncertainty. These complicated aspects and abstracts of life are often depicted within Lydia’s writing; three of her pieces can be found in two issues of the Waldorf Literary Review. When she isn’t working, writing, or doing other schoolwork, she enjoys being an unprofessional botanist, weightlifter, yogi, and explorative nomad.
Jessi Myers, executive director at Clear Lake Arts Center said “We are thrilled to be hosting Oscar Oswald at Clear Lake Arts Center. Literary Arts is a pillar of our mission. Working withWaldorf to bring more opportunities to enjoy and contemplate poetry in our community is the type of partnership we strive to foster, now and in the future.”
Founded in 1903, Waldorf University is a regionally-accredited liberal arts university located in the heart of Forest City, Iowa. Waldorf delivers engaging learning experiences through innovative residential and online instruction, providing its students both certificates and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the areas of business, communication, criminal justice administration, education, music, psychology, theatre and more.