Musicians and Writers Star at Mission Creek

Iowa City hosts the Mission Creek Festival April 6-8 at locations throughout town, including Hancher Auditorium where Japanese Breakfast singer Michelle Zauner (pictured) will read from her memoir “Crying in H Mart.” Photo: Peter Ash.

Iowa City’s three-day Mission Creek Festival is back with a full itinerary of literary and musical talent.

Kicking off the event on April 6, Michelle Zauner (from the indie pop band Japanese Breakfast) reads from “Crying in H Mart,” her heartfelt and humorous memoir about family, food, grief, love and growing up Korean American in Eugene, Oregon. Next up, Black Belt Eagle Scout, known for “bringing queer Indigenous stories to indie rock” (Pitchfork), takes the stage before Cat Power closes out the night with a guitar and piano.

Other headliners include musicians Sudan Archives (“Selfish Soul” was her big hit from 2022) and Kevin Morby, plus several Iowa artists, such as Flylife, Mars Hojilla, and Greg Wheeler and the Poly Mall Cops.

The 2023 literary program includes a partnership with Sun Magazine in honor of its 50th anniversary, including a reading April 8 at the James Theater.


Early tickets for the entire weekend are available through Friday for $85 plus fees. Find all details on the festival’s website.

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