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July 11, 2005

Poet Kevin Boyle, UI Alumnus, Reads July 22 On WSUI

University of Iowa alumnus Kevin Boyle returns to Iowa City to read from "A Home For Wayward Girls," winner of the 2004 New Issues Poetry Prize, at 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Although Boyle has published a chapbook, and his poems have appeared in numerous journals, "A Home for Wayward Girls" is his first book. "In a sense I've been working on this book since I started writing poems, which was sophomore year in college," he says. "It feels good to finally have them published."

Stuart Dischell wrote that the poems are "edgy and sometimes gritty as they cut to the bone of human experience -- love, fatherhood, and work," and David Rivard found the work, "filled with an affection and humor that are thoroughly unsentimental."

Rodney Jones has written of his work, "Kevin Boyle's poems are ambitious in form, theme, and style, but never merely egotistical. When they are not singing with a full-throated, operatic grace, they are telling memorable stories."

Boyle attended the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University in addition to the UI, where he earned both Master of Fine Arts and a doctorate. His chapbook, "the Lullaby of History," won the Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Prize and was published in 2002, and he won the 1999 Literary Award for Poetry from the Greensboro Review.

He teaches at North Carolina's Elon University, where he has been honored with the university's Excellence in Scholarship Award.

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