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"Live from Prairie Lights" readings include UI graduates

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Live from Prairie Lights," the reading series broadcast on public radio station WSUI in Iowa City and WOI in Ames, will present a full roster of new and established authors reading from their latest works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry this winter and spring.

Several of the authors are University of Iowa alumni, including David Loxtercamp, a family physician from Maine who is a graduate of the UI College of Medicine. Other alumni authors include Writers' Workshop graduates Benjamin Anastas and Zachary Lazar.

All readings are free and open to the public and begin at 8 p.m. at Prairie Lights Book Store, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, unless otherwise noted. The readings are broadcast live on WSUI (AM 910) in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and WOI (AM 640) in the Des Moines/Ames area. The show is hosted by Julie Englander and is made possible by a grant from Prairie Lights Book Store. For more information, contact WSUI at (319) 335-5730.

Following is a schedule of upcoming readings:

Feb. 18, Mary Jo Bang reads from her new collection of poetry, Apology for Want, winner of the Katharine Bakeless Nason Poetry Prize from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Feb. 19, Zachary Lazar reads from his new work, Aaron Approximately, a novel about "all the intimate and excruciatingly familiar disturbances of youth."

Feb. 20, personal essayist Phillip Lopate reads from his most recent book, Portrait of My Body, as part of the UI Program in Non-Fiction Writing.

Feb. 23, Michele Glazer reads from her subtle and philosophical new collection of poems, It Is Hard to Look at What We Came to Think We'd Come to See. This collection was chosen by UI Writers' Workshop faculty member and Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham as the winner of the 1996 Association of Writing Programs Award.

Feb. 26, Daniel Hecht reads from his book, Skull Session, which features an exploration of a protagonist with Tourette's Syndrome.

Feb. 27, Judith Mitchell reads from her new work, A Man of Few Words. Mitchell is the winner of the 1997 Prairie Lights Fiction Award.

March 2, Benjamin Anastas reads from his new novel, An Underachiever's Diary, a witty and thought-provoking tale of twins who turn out differently.

March 6, Scott Russell Sanders, author of two highly-praised collections of essays, A Paradise of Bombs and Staying Put, reads from his work in progress.

March 9, Lewis Hyde, poet, critic, anthropologist, and UI graduate, reads from his new book The Trickster Makes the World.

March 10, David Loxtercamp, a family physician from Belfast, Maine, who is a UI graduate, reads from his new book, A Measure of My Days: The Journal of a Country Doctor.