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Feb. 1, 2005

Poets Healey And Waltz Read Feb. 15 On WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Poets Stephen Healey and William D. Waltz will read from their recent collections of poems at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 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

Healey will read from his debut collection, "Earthling," and Waltz will read from "Zoo Music."

James Tate wrote of "Earthling," "Steve Healey's dazzling first book of poems, 'Earthling,' will leave you reeling. Poem after poem, bold imagination coupled with intense passion sets this book ablaze. His very unique sense of humor adds to the delight."

And Mary Ruefle wrote, "These poems are so enlivened they seem to have yeast in them. . . . in every one, the consequences of a single thought or action expand to the ends of the alphabet. . . . they talk right at you as if there were no tomorrow, but in the best of all possible finales, decide that there is."

Recommending "Zoo Music," UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Dean Young said that in this poetry "you will hear squawks from the aviary while visiting the reptile house."

Waltz, the editor of Conduit, earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Ohio State University and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His poems have appeared journals including the Denver Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Forklift Ohio, Insurance, Lit, Poetry East, Spinning Jenny, Surgery of Modern Warfare and Verse.

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