The Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center’s "Reading Aloud" poetry group will recognize the last day of Women’s History Month by reading poems from National Book Award Finalist Patricia Smith’s Shoulda Been Jimi Savanna. This special presentation will also include a live musical performance of Smith's beloved Motown tunes by Bruce Teague, with family and friends. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center Assembly Room, 28 South Linn Street in Iowa City.

As reviewer Anique Taylor describes, “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah is about dreams...but instead of dreams-come-true, there are factory lines, cold water flats, doors closed because of blackness that can’t be ironed down or scrubbed off. Although Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah is about the promise of cities, the hope of  Motown harmonies that are dimmed down and fallen short, the book is about more than simply what 'shoulda been.'” 

All are welcome to attend this event, which is a part of a year-long series celebrating The Center’s 35th anniversary. No registration is necessary and no admission fees will be charged. Refreshments will follow the program.

For more information, contact Michelle Buhman, Program Specialist, at 319-356-5222 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, March 15, 2016