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Jan. 17, 2006

Jan. 27 WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights' Samples New Wapsipinicon Almanac

Issue 12 of the Wapsipinicon Almanac, the old-fashioned Iowa journal published in rural Anamosa, will be sampled on the Friday, Jan. 27, broadcast of "Live from Prairie Lights" on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The broadcast will originate in a free event, hosted by Julie Englander, at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Editor and publisher Timothy Fay, proprietor of the Route 3 Press, will be joined in the reading by several of the contributors to Issue 12.

The new issue features cultural news compiled by Marge Hummel; diverse essays by Verl Lekwa, Andy Douglas, Floyd Pearce, Dennis Conrad, Beverly Hannon and John Tinker; fiction by Dennis Herrick and J. Marley McIlrath; remembrances by Douglas McReynolds, Emmett Polder, Nialle Woods and Mike Moynihan; book reviews by Robert Oliver, Paul Allen, Annie Grieshop, Brad Wilson and Ronald Scott Adkins; writing about the Midwest land and sky by Roger Kistler, Brian DeVore, Jeff Walberg and Walter Kellison; and the "Four Seasons Mini-Almanac" by Winston Barclay.

The issue's cover and title page were created by linocut printmaker Lori Biwer Stewart. Other artists represented include graphic artist Laura Jean, illustrator and designer Michele Chopin Roosevelt, illustrator Brian Seger and regular contributor Will Thompson.

Fay has edited and published the Wapsipinicon Almanac -- roughly annually -- using antique technology, since 1988. Each issue is a homey mix of fiction, reviews, essays, poetry, art and practical information, packaged in the format and feel of a folksy, old-time almanac.

The Catstep Review described the almanac as "one of the finest regional press publications you'll ever read," and an article in the Des Moines Register dubbed it, "Part New Yorker, part Farmers' Almanac."

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,