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POET LESLIE ADRIENNE MILLER WILL READ FEB. 4 -- Poet Leslie Adrienne Miller will give a reading of her most recent work at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in conjunction with Prairie Lights, the reading is free and open to the public.

Miller, who is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop, is author most recently of the collection "Yesterday Had a Man in It."

Edward Hirsch writes of the collection: "Leslie Adrienne Miller's unflinching new book, her best yet, shows her to be a poet of rich abandon, of sensuous longing and headlong desire for the Other turned back against the self with regret, with fury. ... (These are) poems of independence infused with a dark self-knowledge, with wry wisdom and tough vulnerability, with hopefulness she can not forget, will not forgo. These poems enlarge experience and engage life."

Of Miller's poetry collection "Staying Up for Love," David St. John writes: "In this remarkable collection, Leslie Adrienne Miller's songs of the body and meditations of the heart reveal those sensual unravelings of experience that bring us both hope and disappointment. In the broken mirrors of her desires Ms. Miller carefully reads the many refractions of the self. ... 'Staying Up for Love' is without doubt one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books of recent years."

Miller is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, a PEN Southwest Discovery Award, the Loft McKnight Award in Poetry, a Goethe Institute fellowship in Berlin, an Arts International grant for travel to Indonesia, the Anne Stanford Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize.

Her work has been widely published in reviews, journals and other publications including the Georgia Review, Ms. magazine, the Antioch Review, the Missouri Review, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and the North American Review.

Miller currently is an associate professor of English at the University of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn.