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Sept. 9, 2005

Former Writers' Workshop Student Lee Reads From Debut Collection Sept. 23

Poet Corinne Lee, a former student of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "PYX," her award-winning debut collection, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"PYX," which takes its title from the box containing the host, the communion wafer that is transformed upon consumption, was one of five books published through the competition of the National Poetry Series. Judge Pattiann Rogers selected the book, praising its "original and engaging music," and the way Lee "skillfully interweaves wit, playfulness and a joie de vivre with serious study and meditations."

Lauren Walser wrote for Trojan Family Magazine, a publication for alumni of the University of Southern California, "With its rich vocabulary and colorful imagery, Lee's poetry feels like the product of intense, sustained writing sessions; readers would never guess that much of it was composed on scraps of paper while the poet was standing in line at the grocery store or sitting in a parking lot. As a mother of two pre-school aged children, Lee has a limited window of time each day to focus on her work.

"'It's difficult to have any kind of sustained hobby when someone's constantly asking you for apple juice,' she says."

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

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