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March 18, 2005

Poet Gridley Of Writers' Workshop Faculty Reads March 31 On WSUI

Poet Sarah Gridley, teaching this spring in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her first collection, "Weather Eye Open," in a free event at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"Weather Eye Open" is published as part of the New California Poetry Series, making its official appearance April 1 to launch National Poetry Month.

Writers' Workshop faculty member Cole Swensen wrote, "Sarah Gridley's poems progress by long, associative leaps that leave luminous trails behind them -- and that always land on sure and surprising ground. Her language is a pure jewel, and yet it manages to bind together the most disparate things -- windmills, lilies, sand fumes, milk spray -- and make them radiate presence. These are intelligent poems that think with the whole body."

Gridley received a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of Montana where she was named the 1998 Richard Hugo scholar and won the 1999 Merrian Frontier award. Her poems have appeared in jubilat, the Beloit Poetry Journal and other periodicals.

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

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