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Release: April 4, 2001

CORRECTED COPY -- please discard the release circulated March 30

Iowa Review Editor Hamilton to host Poetry Month reading

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Editor David Hamilton will host "The Iowa Review Celebrates National Poetry Month -- Showcasing Iowa Faculty" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City. The event is part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM. The reading is free and open to the public.

"We'll have a sort of evening's anthology on the air," Hamilton said.

Writers' Workshop faculty members Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell, Cole Swensen and Dean Young will participate in the reading, as will Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program. Recent workshop graduates Ben Doyle, Spencer Short, and Sally Keith will also participate in the reading.

This year marks the sixth annual celebration of National Poetry Month, which was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. According to the organization, the goals of the month-long celebration are to highlight the legacy and achievement of American poets; introduce more Americans to poetry; bring poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways; make poetry a more important part of school curricula; increase the amount of attention paid to poetry by the news media; encourage increased publication, distribution and sales of books of poetry; and increase public and private financial support for poets and poetry.

The Iowa Review, the UI literary magazine, comes out three times a year. It has published continuously for 31 years. Since 1977 Hamilton has served as editor of the magazine. His essays have appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review and Gettysburg Review.

For more information on this reading, call the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681.