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Release: Jan. 19, 2001

UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Keelan will read her poetry Feb. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Poet Claudia Keelan, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read from her new collection, "Utopic," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

"Utopic," Keelan’s third book, captured the 2000 Beatrice Hawley Award. Her earlier volume "The Secularist" was a winner in the University of Georgia Press 1997 Contemporary Poetry Series. It was also nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her first book, "Refinery," won the Cleveland State University Poetry Prize in 1994.

Keelan earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at the UI in 1985. She has since served as an editor for New Madrid, the Denver Quarterly and Ploughshares and has taught at Rhodes College, the University of Utah, Murray State University, Boston College and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines.

Of Keelan’s writing, poet Ann Lauterbach says, "The urgent intensity of Claudia Keelan’s poetry is driven, it seems to me, by a peculiarly American desire: to inscribe the place of spirit, the positive site of belief, without embodying a specific religious faith."

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