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July 15, 2005

Poet McCullough Reads From Prose Collection July 28 On WSUI

Poet and translator Ken McCullough, an Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus who is back at the University of Iowa this summer to teach in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, will read from his first prose collection, "Left Hand," at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

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

"Left Hand," a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, includes 35 prose vignettes from a variety of times and locations.

McCullough is the author of six volumes of poetry, most recently "Walking Backwards," and translations of the Cambodian genocide survivor U Sam Oeur's "Sacred Vows" and "Crossing Three Wildernesses."

He has received numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Iowa Arts Council Individual Artist's Fellowship, two Jerome Travel Fellowships, a Pablo Neruda Award, the Capricorn Book Award, the New Millenium Poetry Prize and the Blue Light Book Award.

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