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Aug. 19, 2005

Photo: James McKean

'Live From Prairie Lights' On WSUI Celebrates The Iowa Review Aug. 30

David Hamilton, the University of Iowa faculty member who edits the Iowa Review, will preside over the annual "Live From Prairie Lights" program that features his publication, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 on UI 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

One of the best-known and most-respected American literary reviews, the Iowa Review is celebrating its 35th anniversary of presenting and supporting the work of the finest new and established writers.

Hamilton will be joined by UI Writers' Workshop alumnus James McKean, a faculty  member at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, who will read the Pushcart Prize-winning drag-racing essay "D/Altered." The essay will be re-published in the forthcoming "Pushcart Prize XXX: Best of the Small Presses."

Also reading will be Iowa Review Managing Editor Lynne Nugent and Fiction Editor Hugh Ferrer.

McKean, who earned both a Master of Fine Arts and a doctorate from the UI English department, made his reputation primarily as a poet, but he is also the author of "Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports," in which "D/Altered" also appears.

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."

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 English department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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