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March 8, 2006

Poet Hillman Reads From New Collection March 21 On WSUI

Poet Brenda Hillman, a University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna and frequent visiting faculty member, will read from "Pieces of Air in the Epic" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

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

Hillman, who will teach at the workshop again in the fall, is in the midst of a series of poetry collections addressing the elements.

A review in Publishers Weekly concluded, "Reaching for prophetic powers without abandoning small-scale details, playing with page-based form while attending to the sound of each line, Hillman's seventh book . . . may be her best book yet, both as a book-length project and as a collection of freestanding poems."

Poet and critic Carol Muske-Dukes wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "I recommend this book to all who doubt poetry's capacity to reinvent itself. Hillman is making language dance."

Hillman has received many awards, including the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is a member of the permanent faculties of Napa Valley Writers' Conference and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and currently teaches at St. Mary's College in California.

Her six previous collections of poetry are "White Dress," "Fortress," "Death Tractates," "Bright Existence," "Loose Sugar" and "Cascadia," and she has also written three chapbooks and edited an edition of Emily Dickinson's poetry.

Hillman's work has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including "The Wesleyan Tradition" and "Best American Poetry, 1990." She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her other honors include the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry and the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book  Prize.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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