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Aug. 30, 2004

Glazer, Winner Of Iowa Poetry Prize, Reads Sept. 13

Poet Michele Glazer, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her second collection, "Aggregate of Disturbances," winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the internet at

The new book follows "It Is Hard to Look at What We Came to Think We'd Come to See," of which a Boston Review critique commented, "The poems in this extraordinary collection are (like its title) sinuous, refractory, highly structured, yet in a way, implosive too, their asymmetric blocks holding in balances always about to give way."

Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell, a faculty member in the UI Writers' Workshop, said of the new volume, published by the UI Press, "Michele Glazer is a poet of rare integrity -- integrity of mind, heart, and expression. 'Aggregate of Disturbances' springs from the inside of nuance and feeling. One senses at every turn how clear-eyed yet emotionally committed this writing is. At once  dispassionate and tender, sexy and edgy. A singular voice, killer diction, a  tough mind and a vulnerable heart. This is exceptional writing, of that striking quality that compels rereading and rewards it."

And Sheryl St. Germaine wrote, "'Aggregate of Disturbances' is a stunning collection of meditations on language, landscape and loss. Glazer is comfortable writing any kind of poem and moves easily between language poetry and metaphoric or narrative lyric modes. This is one of the most original and vibrant collections of poetry that I have read in a long while."

Glazer, who won the 1996 AWP Award in Poetry, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon's Literary Arts, Inc., and the Regional Arts and Culture Council's first Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature. She teaches at Portland State University.

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