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Visiting Author Trent Reedy

When Mar 26, 2019
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Kupka Cultural Center
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Contact Phone 319/478-2180
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Author Trent Reedy, an Iowa native, will visit North Tama Community Schools in Traer, Iowa, on March 26, 2019.  Mr. Reedy will present an assembly to the elementary students in the morning and the secondary students in the afternoon.  That evening, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Mr. Reedy will speak at the Traer Public Library.  That event is open to the public.

 Mr. Reedy grew up in Dysart, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa, majoring in English.  To help finance his education, he joined the National Guard as a combat engineer.

  He had always loved reading and writing, and hoped to have a career as a novelist.  That goal had to be postponed, because just after he completed his degree, he was called to serve in the war in Afghanistan.

 After several years, he returned to Iowa and became a high school English teacher and play director in North English, Iowa.  After four years, still holding onto his dream of becoming a professional writer, he entered graduate school at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, earning a M.F.A. degree in writing for children and adults.

 His first novel, Words in the Dust, was published in 2011.  It is about a thirteen-year-old girl and her family in Afghanistan.  Mr. Reedy went on to write and publish several more novels, including Stealing Air, If Youre Reading This, Divided We Fall, Burning Nation, Last Full Measure, and his most recent, Gamer Army.  Most of his novels are based on his years growing up in Iowa, as well as his experiences over in Afghanistan.

 Currently, Mr. Reedy and his family live just outside of Spokane, Washington. You can read more about him at

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