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Nov. 2, 2004

Poet Bradley Paul Returns To Iowa For Nov. 12 WSUI Reading

Poet Bradley Paul, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "The Obvious," his debut collection, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

"The Obvious" was selected by poet Brenda Hillman for publication by New Issues.

Richard Jackson called Paul's debut "an incredible first book that immediately catapults Bradley Paul to a position of one of our more important voices."

And John Yau wrote, "In Bradley Paul's poems, the reader hears someone odd, unlikely, and, to a large extent, unknowable, speaking in reasoned tones about unreasonable things. The dramas are neither picturesque stories nor familiar tales about self-revelation. They don't work within the by-now familiar patterns of poetry. In locating the speaker in words, rather than placing him (or her) in stories, Paul compels the reader to contemplate whether words lead one to knowing someone else or to recognizing further mysteries. Perhaps, as Paul's poems suggest, it (and we) are always somewhere in between; and perhaps language's purpose isn't to tell but to entrance, delight, and undermine."

Paul, who is a filmmaker as well as a poet, has had work published in periodicals including the American Poetry Review, the Boston Review, the Iowa Review and Fence. He wrote and directed the independent feature film "The Monstrous V9," and his screenplays have received several awards. He has spoken at numerous conferences, including the International P.E.N. Conference in Slovenia, the Meacham Writers' Conference and the Conference of the Baltimore Writers' Alliance.

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