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July 6, 2005

Poet And Editor Hermine Meinhard Reads July 19 On WSUI

Hermine Meinhard will read from her award-winning collection of poems, "Bright Turquoise Umbrella," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 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

Meinhard teaches at New York University and the New York Writers' Workshop, and she is the poetry editor of the respected experimental journal 3rd Bed (

"Bright Turquoise Umbrella" uses a childhood trauma as the impetus for a lyrical dreamscape of magical realism.

Brooks Haxton wrote, "In these lucid dreams of revelation, Hermine Meinhard takes as her starting point the most mysterious territory of the soul. Amazed and hurt, joking in fear, loving and experienced, all at once, she is one of those few artists (Kafka and Fra Angelico come to mind) whose simplicity and skill deliver the refreshment of a deeper tenderness toward being."

Elaine Equi called the collection, "Naive and wise at the same time, and also terrible and disturbing," and Andrew Levy wrote, "Meinhard's receptive devotion to dreams and folktales of earth, sky, animals and insects, places her among the most gifted portraitists of our time."

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