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Aug. 16, 2006

Fall 'Live From Prairie Lights' Series Opens Aug. 29 With Iowa Review

David Hamilton, Hugh Ferrer and Lynne Nugent, editors of "The Iowa Review," will mark the appearance of a new issue and celebrate their "Iowa Writes" initiative with a free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading will launch the fall "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The editors will be joined by several writers from the region who have contributed to the Review's new web feature, "Iowa Writes."

"The Iowa Review," one of the nation's most respected literary journals, has been published for more than three decades. It is now also represented on the Web at

"Iowa Writes," supported by a UI Year of Public Engagement grant to the Iowa Review, invites Iowa writers of all ages and experience levels to submit short works for possible web publication on the popular Daily Palette feature on the UI homepage.

"Iowa Writes," which began in February 2006, will continue through the 2006-07 academic year. Nonfiction, fiction, or poetry of 700 words or fewer may be submitted in the body of an e-mail to Writers are limited to one submission and should include an author biography of no more than 50 words.

Hamilton, a professor of English at Iowa, is the author of "Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm" and "Ossabaw," a volume of poetry from which he will read later this fall. Ferrer, a graduate of the Writers' Workshop, is associate director of the International Writing Program. Nugent is a doctoral candidate in English. Both Ferrer and Nugent have essays in recent issues of "The Iowa Review."

The English department is an academic unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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