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March 19, 2004

Donald Morrill Reads On 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Iowa-native poet and essayist Donald Morrill will read from "The Untouched Moments" on the "Live from Prairie Lights" literary readings series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910 at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 1.

The broadcast will originate at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

"The Untouched Minutes" -- winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize -- is a short, chilling meditation on the changes wrought in Morrill's life after a terrifying home invasion. Patricia Foster wrote, "'The Untouched Minutes' is a probing tour de force."

Morrill is a professor of English at the University of Tampa and poetry editor of the Tampa Review. He is the author of two previous books of nonfiction, most recently "Sounding for Cool," and a book of poetry, "At the Bottom of the Sky."

He was born in Des Moines, and studied at the University of Florida with UI alumnus and long-time UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Donald Justice.

From 1985 to 1987, he taught at Jilin University, Changchun, China, and was a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Lodz, Poland. In 1996, Morrill won the Emerging Writers in Creative Nonfiction Award from Duquesne University Press.

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