Welcome to the Cedar Falls Authors Festival Website

Did you know that Cedar Falls has produced five nationally-known and best-selling writers—more nationally-known 
authors than any other town in Iowa?  Four of them taught at the University of Northern Iowa and several were students there as well. 
Three were born here. 

We planned a year of events to celebrate our Literary heritage and create awareness of these authors and their work, 
as well as other remarkable local writers: we called it the Cedar Falls Authors Festival. 
Events ran from May 2017 and continue through June 2018. 
Now that we have launched all FIVE of our authors' programs, we're even more excited! Look for the Festival logo, our Posters, and volunteers around town.

Barbara Lounsberry recently summed up our activities during 2017 this way: We had 40 Authors Festival events from May to December 2017 at 20 Cedar Falls sites (CF Public Library; Hearst Center for the Arts & Sculpture Garden; Rod Library; UNI Museum; Oster Regent Theatre; CF Women’s Club; University Book & Supply; Western Home Communities; New Aldaya Lifescapes; Bess Streeter Aldrich Park; Bess Streeter Aldrich School site; Streeter cabin; Hillside Cemetery; Seerley Park; Nancy Price Iowa Street former home; UNI President’s home; and 3 Tremont Street homes in Sleeping with the Enemy). We estimate that over 2,500 have attended our programs.

Looking Ahead

What a wonderful first Six Months we have had, launching all five of our Authors! Thank you for your support up to now. So far, our History Writers Series programs have been well attended. These include events at the Cedar Falls Public Library (including their Local Author Showcase), the Final Thursday authors at the Hearst Center and programs at the Rod Library at UNI. Watch our calendar and Facebook page for updates and photos. 

What's next? We have the second brochure: you can download it at the bottom of the page.

March 2018 Events 

  • Wednesday, March 7: Local Author Showcase, Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Dave Hoing & Roger Hileman
  • Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. Cedar Falls Public Library. “Historical Fiction: Bringing the Story in History to Life,” Jocelyn Green
  • Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. Cedar Falls Public Library. Newspapers: We Can’t Live Without Them,” Jack Hovelson
  • Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m. Rod Library, Room 301 (third floor, elevator available). “From May Queens to Feminists: Notable Women at Northern Iowa,” Jaycie Vos, University Archivist
REGISTER FOR OUR FREE BLOGGING WORKSHOP on Saturday, April 7th, 1:00-4:00 at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  Panelists: Mary Potter Kenyon, Jocelyn Green, Robyn Mulder, and Cherie Dargan.

1:00 to 2:00 -- Panel presentations. EVERYONE is welcome to attend the first hour of this program. We will take a break, have light refreshments, as well as books for sale, and the  opportunity to visit with our authors and get your books signed.

2:30 to 4:00 -- Workshop on Creating a Blog. Please register for this free workshop; we will use the Library's Laptop Cart, or you can bring your own laptop. Contact Cherie to register, and get your free Blog Planning Worksheet. (cfauthorsfestival@gmail.com or cheriedargan@gmail.com). There is a Poster at the bottom of the page: feel free to download. 

Our Panelists:

·       Jocelyn Green, Author of the series, Heroines Behind the Lines. Her website includes a Blog.  She is a prolific writer with 15 titles in Fiction & Nonfiction.



·       Mary Potter Kenyon, Author, Blogger, Speaker & Workshop Presenter. She has written 6 books, including one with her best friend.


·       Robyn Mulder, Writer, Speaker & Blogger at Perfectly Me & The Robyn’s Nest (with a heart for young moms).

robynmulder.blogspot.com/                  www.therobynsnest.org/

·       Cherie Dargan, retired teacher, Geek, Family Historian, Webmaster, Speaker & blogger, at work on her first book.

        www.geekygrandma.org   www.bloggingbasicswithcherie.blogspot.com

January through June, 2018

Please visit our Events page for more details!

Find us on Facebook!

The Festival on the UNI website

The UNI Library has created a set of pages about the Authors Festival; you can view them here.

Bess Streeter Museum

The Bess Streeter Aldrich Museum in Elmwood, Nebraska is now linking to our site; if you are looking for more information about Aldrich, check them out.

Click on the names below to visit each author's page or use the navigation menu on the left.

Our Five Authors


ruth suckow
February 17, 1881 -– August 3, 1954

August 6, 1892 --  January 23, 1960



March 16, 1925

August 8, 1900 -- July 27, 1983



August 1, 1939 -- March 10, 2017

Gary Kelley's Art work Commemorates the Cedar Falls Authors Festival 

Local artist Gary Kelley designed a piece of art featuring quotes from our five authors. The poster will be used to promote the Festival, and signed copies will be available for sale at our events.

gary kelley poster

Festival Purpose:

1. To inspire young and old through the knowledge that Cedar Falls has produced writers from pioneer times to now.

2. To convey that writing is a valuable and rewarding form of expression that members of the Cedar Falls community regularly engage in—like breathing.

3.  To enhance civic pride and our sense of community identity by recognizing that Cedar Falls can boast of five nationally known, best-selling writers—more than any other town in Iowa.

4.  To celebrate all of our Cedar Falls authors, past and present, by creating a Directory of Cedar Falls Authors.

 Are you a Cedar Falls author? 

We define a “Cedar Falls Author” as a person either born in Cedar Falls or who has spent a substantial amount of time living and writing in the city. 
We are gathering information to create a Directory of Cedar Falls Authors, which will be posted on the Cedar Falls Library website, as well as here. 

Please complete our authors' survey to become part of the Directory of Cedar Falls Authors--or to share the name of a Cedar Falls author (living or dead).


Last updated February 25, 2018

Cherie Dargan, Webmaster

See also our Contact Page!