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March 28, 2006

Poet Geoff Bouvier Will Read On WSUI 'Live From Prairie Lights' April 11

Poet Geoff Bouvier will read from "Living Room," winner of the American Poetry Review's Honickman First Book Award, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 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

The collection, selected for the award by Heather McHugh, is the product of a poet described by John Ashbery as "an important new presence, faintly disturbing and endlessly attractive."

McHugh wrote in the introduction, "Readers may be voyeurs, but the subtler gifts are not for the fast glancers. Take a good slow second look at Geoff Bouvier's 'Living Room' . . . bravura performances, both accessible and elegant, both immediate and subtle, both hilarious and serious. . . . With virtuoso reversals, switches of vantage, changes of scale, inside-outings, they accomplish metaphysical, not only physical, effects."

Bouvier holds degrees from the University of Connecticut and from Bard College, and he publishes journalistic prose in the San Diego Reader. His chapbook, "Everybody Had a Hat," won the White Eagle Coffee Store Press Poetry Contest in 2000. His writings have appeared in dozens of journals, including the American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, jubilat, New American Writing, the Western Humanities Review and VOLT.

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