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Feb. 24, 2005

UI Grads Return To Read Poetry On WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights' March 8

Poets Dan Beachy-Quick and Sally Keith, graduates of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, will read from their most recent collections at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 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

In the wake of his debut, "True North South Bright," Beach-Quick's new book is "Spell," published last spring, and Keith followed up her 2000 Colorado Prize-winning "Design" with "Dwelling Song."

UI faculty member Cole Swenson wrote, "Taking a powerful, lyrical sweep through one of the country's most charged and versatile symbols, Dan Beachy-Quick opens 'Moby-Dick' into yet more meanings and directions in this book-length reverie, perfectly sustained by his intricate sound play and impeccable phrasing. Intelligent, compassionate, exquisite, Beachy-Quick's is a unique voice in contemporary poetry."

A review in observes, "He blurs lines of narration, reality, and body, asking: Where does creation take place? Where does the written word spin off and become its own entity, beyond the possession of the writer? Where does 'story' end and 'life' begin?"

Beachy-Quick teaches in the writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Parnassus: Poetry in Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Colorado Review, Volt and Conduit.

Writing about "Dwelling Song," poet Allen Grossman commented, "Sally Keith's gift to us is an experience of the world rich and intensely present to mind: simple because fully known, as if for the first time; and also complex because profoundly analyzed, not by means of abstraction but by a visionary intimacy with the texture and grain of feeling. This is poetry of a very high order."

Poet James Longenbach added, "'Dwelling Song' will leave you famished, hungry for more."

Keith's poems have appeared in several journals, including American Letters & Commentary, the Denver Quarterly, the Colorado Review, Conjunctions and Volt. She currently teaches at the University of Rochester.

The Writers' Workshop is a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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