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March 30, 2005

UI Graduate Michelle Herman Reads From Memoir April 13 On WSUI

The "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa Radio station WSUI, AM 910, will feature fiction writer Michelle Herman, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. The program will accessible on the Internet at

The free reading will take place at the Prairie Lights bookstore, at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Herman will read from her new memoir, "The Middle of Everything: Memoirs of Motherhood," which author Amy Bloom called "honest and ugly and funny and beautiful in places where one would not even hope for bearable."

"Herman writes about the multifaceted experience of parenting with elegance and hard-earned humility," reports a preview in Publishers Weekly.

Herman teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at the Ohio State University. She is the author of "Missing"; a collection of novellas, "A New and Glorious Life"; and the new novella "Dog."

"Missing" was awarded the Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction and selected as one of the 25 Best Books of the Year by VLS, the literary supplement of the Village Voice. Her other awards and honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James Michener Fellowship, numerous individual artist's fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council and a major teaching award from Ohio State.

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