First Avenue Java House

First Avenue Java House

1575 S. First Ave.

The Java House is a cafe on the east side of Iowa City, where writers gather to work, write and meet.


Marvin Bell: First Ave Java House

Some of these poems were written in the mornings at the First Avenue Java House and others at home very late at night. I recently founded the School of Prophetic Existentialism. It was an accident. 

– Marvin Bell, explaining his writing process during a reading at Prairie Lights, Feb. 22, 2006

Reading at Prairie Lights, Feb. 22, 2006, Audio