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Nov. 5, 2004

Poet Mark Irwin Will Read 'Live From Prairie Lights' Nov. 18

Poet Mark Irwin, a 1980 graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his fifth collection, "Bright Hunger," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 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

John Ashbery wrote of "Bright Hunger," "This is a book one wants to taste again and again." Poet David St. John called Irwin "an impeccable craftsman" who "writes with a lyrical urgency that somehow combines the brilliance of Valery and the natural ease of observation of William Carlos Williams."

In addition to his four previous collections of poetry, Irwin has also published translations from both the French and the Romanian and edited a volume in tribute to W.S. Merwin.

Among his literary awards are National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Art Council Fellowships, a Discovery/The Nation Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the James Wright Poetry Award and a Fulbright Fellowship to Romania. He teaches at the University of Southern California.

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