Lakeside writer in residence to give reading
The public is invited to a reading by Mariah Manoylov, Lakeside Lab Summer Writer in Residence, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 in Mahan Hall at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakeside Lab, the purpose of the Writer in Residence Program is to provide emerging writers the opportunity to work on their craft in the natural setting of Lakeside Lab, as well as to mingle with the Lakeside’s scientific community of researchers, students and faculty. Manoylov will be sharing a short fiction piece she completed during her residency.
She hails from Athens, Georgia where she is a third-year student pursing a combined Ecology, Anthropology and English degree at the University of Georgia. She writes opinion pieces for her local newspaper The Red & Black, as well as articles for the freelancing company Content Refined. Manoylov is also a playwright, and her combined interest in science and English is expressed in her play 'From Burning.'
The play explores comparisons between ecological succession, a scientific concept that explains changes in plant and animal communities over time with succession in human relationships. This play was staged in the Classic City Fringe Festival in Athens, Georgia in the fall of 2016. Her full-length play 'Search' was also staged along with many of her 10-minute plays at the Cafe Apollinaire and the University of Georgia’s 24-Hour play festival.
"The Lakeside residency has allowed me to explore creative writing beyond the stage,” Manoylov said. “I have been developing a collection of short fiction stories and progressing on my novel.”
Whatever the medium, Mariah hopes to use creative writing as a tool for education as well as entertainment, informing readers of topics that might be foreign to them in a memorable and fantastical way.