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Aug. 17, 2006

Marquart Reads From Memoir On WSUI Aug. 31

Debra Marquart, coordinator of the creative writing program at Iowa State University, will read from her recently published memoir, "The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI-AM 910.

Julie Englander will host the broadcast, which will originate in a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Critic Pamela Crossland wrote, "Marquart has an interesting bio: she's a North Dakota farm girl, former rock-and-roll band member, college dropout, professor, and Pushcart Prize-winning writer. Born into a dairy-farm family, like many young people she flees as soon as she is able, taking with her the experiences that have determined the line of her backbone ... .

"Marquart writes sweetly and wistfully of her ties to the past, which both tangle her up and serve as a safety net. She isn't hit with any blinding revelations while contemplating herself in the mirror of her life but rather acquires a deeper appreciation for where she's been and where she's landed."

Marquart is the author of "The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories" and three poetry collections, reflecting her career as a performance poet with the Bone People. Her essays have been cited as Notable Essays in "Best American Essays," and she has been awarded the Shelby Foote Nonfiction Prize, the Writer's Digest Nonfiction Award, the John Guyon Nonfiction Award, the Mid-American Review Nonfiction Award, the Headwater's Prize from New Rivers Press, the Minnesota Voices Award, the Pearl Poetry Award and a Pushcart Prize.

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