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Sept. 30, 2004

Photos (from top): The cover to Srikanth Reddy's first collection of poems, "Facts for Visitors"; Poet Arielle Greenberg

Writers' Workshop Alumnus Reddy Reads On 'Live From Prairie Lights' Oct. 14

Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Srikanth Reddy will be joined by Arielle Greenberg in a poetry reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 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

Reddy's first collection is "Facts for Visitors" and Greenberg's debut is "Given."

Donna Seaman wrote for Booklist, "Reddy's debut collection is one of iridescent beauty and wistful mystery, at once earthy and cerebral, sensuous and philosophical. Reddy's poems are set within the eerie half-light and hush of an eclipse, and conjure a haunted landscape, a place in transition, collapse, and decay, but the canny narrator marvels rather than laments. . . . Lush and magical, Reddy's poems are also dramatic, compassionate, luminously detailed, and subtly but potently evocative of such human trespasses as war, prejudice, and oppression, as well as the transcendence of love and awe."

Allen Grossman, author of "Sweet Youth," wrote, "Reddy's book is new, utterly confident, clear, true to itself. It is about any world in which any one of us in love can learn something about what has happened to us -- a world utterly and deeply known: ecstatic and forlorn. This is also a confident guide to our best life and to the language of that unknown place in which we bring to mind for the first time what we think and feel. At the end, Reddy's book leaves us with a deeper understanding of the wisdom of all good guides and poets: 'Where one goes, one goes alone.'"

Reddy's poems have appeared in journals including APR, Grand Street, Fence and Ploughshares, and his critical writing has been featured in the New Republic, the Chicago Tribune and American Literature. He has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Foundation and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

Jean Valentine wrote of Greenberg's "Given," "Swift, tender, original-from the first word this poetry can be no other. New consciousnesses shine here in delicate angry, ecstatic, funny, heartbroken play: the forked lightning of true poetry."

"Tight phrasings and a gorgeous, wild precision of images make Greenberg's writing, in her first collection, an ongoing recognition of the mystery of subjectivity as shared disaster and continuous, erratic, communal regeneration," Laura Mullen wrote. "Opening the possibilities for poetry, 'Given' also enriches our sense of the depth of the event and enlarges our idea of community, restoring our sense of wonder. . . . Something astonishing and wonderful is happening in this verse."

Greenberg's poems have appeared in many journals, including the Denver Quarterly, the Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Fence, Volt, American Letters & Commentary, Pleiades, jubilat, CROWD and Crayon. She reviews books for Rain Taxi, the Electronic Poetry Review and other magazines and e-zines.

She has been the recipient of a Saltonstall individual artist's grant and a MacDowell Colony residency, and she serves on the editorial board of How2: an Online Journal of Innovative Women's Poetics. She teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.

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