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Jan. 20, 2005

This event has been canceled.

Canadian Poet Stephens Reads Feb. 2 On WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights’

Canadian poet Nathalie Stephens will read from her most recent collection, "Paper City," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 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

Stephens was born in Montreal, and lives and teaches in Toronto, where she has been recently awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. She has published four previous collections of poetry, and she writes in both French and English. Her work appears regularly in feminist and literary journals throughout Canada and the United States.

Stephens' work has been showcased at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Arts and Letters Club and in a variety of dramatic readings, including Word on the Street and Toronto Artweek's reading series. Several of her works have been broadcast by the CBC and are featured in the film "Les couleurs de la vie."

She has worked as an editor on a variety of publications and anthologies, including Resources for Feminist Research and Women's Education des femmes.

Mechthild Cranston wrote in World Literature Today, "The poetry of Nathalie Stephens enlarges our view of living in the quotidian, which it raises to the level of a discourse at once sensuous and reflective."

And Eva C. Karpinski wrote in Canadian Woman Studies, "Stephens boldly assaults the borders between self and other, sanity and madness, lesbian desire and creativity. [She] rewrites in the lesbian imaginary the classic dilemma of life versus poetry, legitimizing the lesbian gaze in the process."

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