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Sept. 16, 2004

Iowa City Poet Curtis Bauer Reads On WSUI Sept. 30

Iowa City poet Curtis Bauer will read from his first collection, "Fence Line," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

The forthcoming "Fence Line" won the 2003 John Ciardi Prize For Poetry, selected by Christopher Buckley, who wrote, "Curtis Bauer brings a sharp eye and distinctive new voice to American poetry."

Critic Vijay Seshadri wrote, "The poems in 'Fence Line' are astonishing in their beauty, luminousness, and human accuracy."

A faculty member at Cornell College, Bauer holds a bachelor's degree from Central College and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. His poems have appeared in Rivendell, the Cortland Review, Barrow Street, the North American Review, Rhino and numerous other journals.

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