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April 15, 2005

Poet James McKean Reads From His Sports Memoir On WSUI April 26

Iowa City poet James McKean, who holds both a Master of Fine Arts degree and a doctorate from the UI, will read from his memoir, "Home Stand: Growing up in Sports," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

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.

McKean starred as a college basketball player for the Washington State Cougars in the 1960s. Robin Magowan, author of "Tour de France," "Memoirs of a Minotaur" and "Kings of the Road," wrote, "Home Stand is that rare achievement, a multi-generational sports memoir that actually takes us into the zone where ball becomes thought, becomes poetry itself in all its wit and force, its accumulating motion.

"McKean stakes his place out there in the line of fire and, against the odds, nails it, each story more personal, more tellingly banked than the last. In the process he reveals the unwritten sporting lives of mid-sixties working-class America in all their singularity and turbulence."

McKean teaches writing and American literature at Mount Mercy College and has taught writing at Columbia Basin College and the UI. This summer he will teach in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

His first book of poems, "Headlong," won the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer Award in Poetry, and his second, "Tree of Heaven," won an Iowa Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Poetry, the Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner and the Southern Review. His nonfiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Gray's Sporting Journal, the Iowa Review and the "The Best American Sports Writing 2003."

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

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