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Sept. 4, 2003

UI Writers' Workshop Alumnus Brian Young Will Read His Poetry Sept. 18

Poet Brian Young, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading from his debut collection, "In Full Night Still in the Street Water," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Geoffrey Nutter, author of "A Summer Evening," wrote, "'The Full Night Still in the Street Water' is an astonishing book -- it portrays a damaged world that is nonetheless ablaze with crystalline beauty and strangeness. Brian Young is a pastoral poet with an imagination and lyric intensity reminiscent of Hopkins. Like the most unique of past and present poetic voices, his begins to seem like the powerful, chanting background music to life rather than that of one person singing."

And poet/critic Donald Revell wrote, "Brian Young's is a sharp, harsh, uningratiating voice, one that does not immediately offer conventional lyric comforts and consolation. Young's grief is real and therefore inconsolable. His anger is moral and therefore unassuageable. His edge is sustained and is therefore neither mishap nor melodrama. 'The Full Night Still in the Street Water' is unforgettable."

Young is the recipient of fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the UI and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at universities in Utah and South Korea.

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