University of Iowa News Release
June 12, 2003
Photo: Book covers (from left), Leave Myself Behind, by Bart Yates; Poets, Martyrs and Satyrs: New and Selected Poems, by Jordan Miller; The English Disease, by Joseph Skibell; and Short People: Stories, by Joshua Furst.
June 23-26 'Live From Prairie Lights' Schedule Features UI Alumnus Furst
"Live from Prairie Lights," the series of broadcast readings hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will feature UI alumnus Joshua Furst during its June 23-26 schedule. The schedule includes:
--Furst, reading from "Short People: Stories" at 8 p.m. Monday,
June 23 in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.
All the readings will be free events in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen to the readings on the Internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.
Jay McInerney described Furst's "Short People: Stories" as "a
remarkable collection of stories, a wide ranging, unsentimental exploration
of the lost worlds of childhood and adolescence where the angles are all
slightly askew and the logic is more rigorous than our own. These are scary,
funny, brilliantly observed narratives; Josh Furst is a terrific writer."
Critic James Klise wrote that in "Leave Myself Behind," "Yates effectively captures the honest, sometimes silly, often tender interactions between his fragile characters." And InsightOut described Yates as "a new literary star."
The Marx Brothers and Gustav Mahler come together in Skibell's "The English Disease." A Publishers Weekly preview explained, "The sophisticated interplay of conflicted faith and prosaic everyday life, and the clashes between inborn heritage and constructed love, are at the heart of this second novel by the author of the memorable 'A Blessing on the Moon.' A middle-aged secular Jew raised in Texas, Charles Belski is a musicologist who searches for the secret to theology through the works and lives of various historical personalities: Wagner, Mahler, and Zeppo and Groucho Marx."
Skibell was the recipient of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Steve Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. He teaches at Emory University.
Jordan Miller's poetic career is surveyed in "Poets, Martyrs and Satyrs:
New and Selected Poems, 1959-2001." Naomi Lazard wrote, "This
book is full of lovely Romantic poetry for the 21st century. Right up to
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