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Release: July 12, 2001

WSUI 'Live from Prairie Lights' series concludes with Short and Tall of poetry July 23 & 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Prairie Lights staff member Paul Ingram, the organizer of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series that is broadcast live on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, insists, with a suspicious gleam in his eye, that it is a total coincidence that this summer's series will conclude with free readings by prize-winning poets named Short and Tall on consecutive nights.

Iowa Citian Spencer Short, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, will read his poetry at
8 p.m. Monday, July 23, followed by Deborah Tall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St., and live on AM 910, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander.

Short was a winner of the 2000 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series for his debut collection, "Tremolo," which was just published this month. The selection was made by Poet Laureate Billy Collins, who commented, "What a treat to listen to this new voice with its nutty intelligence and its strange authority."

Tall will read from "Summons," winner of the1999 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.
The book, which was published last fall, was selected for the prize by Charles Simic, who wrote, "The art of prosody, of which Deborah Tall is a master, is a jeweler's art. It is about ascertaining the weight of words, measuring each one of them in turn against silence and time... As we read, line by line, sounds turn into music, words and images grow in meaning. If you believe this is what all poets do anyway, you are wrong. Only the best of them know how to make us reread with increasing pleasure a few lines of poetry."

Tall is the author of three previous books of poems and two books of literary nonfiction. She edits the Seneca Review and was co-editor of the anthology "The Poet's Notebook." She has taught writing and literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1982.

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