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April 8, 2005

Poet Sandra Miller, UI Writers' Workshop Graduate, Reads On WSUI April 21

Poet Sandra Miller, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her first collection of poems, "Oriflamme," at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21 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 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Workshop faculty member Cole Swensen wrote of these poems, "They haunt. They break your heart. They make you want to live. 'Oriflamme' marks a new direction in American poetry. No one else is doing anything like it, yet."

Miller completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in women's studies at the University of Washington and a master's in early cinema from the University of Chicago before coming to the UI. She is the recipient of the Paul Engle-James Michener Fellowship for 2004-2005.

Her poems and criticism have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and she was featured as an emerging writer in the Academy of American Poets' publication "American Poet" in 2004. Miller is also an editor of the literary journal 1913.

The Writers' Workshop is an academic program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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