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Sept. 20, 2004

Oct. 4 WSUI Reading Features Poets Liu, Beasley

Poets Timothy Liu and Bruce Beasley will read from their work at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 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

Liu's new collection is "Of Thee I Sing," about which a Publishers Weekly preview stated, "Liu's attractive fifth book departs from his previous work in its denser style, but not in its themes: intense devotion to gay male desire collides with painful self-scrutiny, political protest and snapshots of far-flung America, from New Jersey (where the poet teaches and lives) to the "red states" and their evangelical demands. Liu tackles these subjects in tough, sometimes fragmentary, free verse."

Liu's first book of poems, "Vox Angelica," received the 1992 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His other three books were finalists for the Lambda Literary Award. An associate professor of English at William Patterson University, Liu also edited "Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry."

Bruce Beasley is the author of four collections of poems, most recently "Signs and Abominations" and "Summer Mystagogia," which was selected by Charles Wright for the 1996 Colorado Prize for Poetry. He has recent work in the Kenyon Review, Grand Street, the Gettysburg Review, the Southern Review, the Iowa Review and other journals.

He teaches at Western Washington University, where he is editorial advisor to the Bellingham Review.

Critic Mark Jarman wrote, "Bruce Beasley is writing as close to the bone of meaning as any poet I can think of today. 'Signs and Abominations' is a passionate, difficult book about the capacity for language to signify anything beyond itself. He wonders how the profane can hold the sacred, how the monstrous can contain the holy, how a deformed language can embody not only the soul's deformity but its beauty. He comes down clearly on the side of essence, but the way there is a dark struggle."

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