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Nov. 16, 2006

Capps, A Writers' Workshop Alumna, Reads From Debut Poetry Collection Nov. 30

Poet Ashley Capps, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her debut collection, "Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

The "Live from Prairie Lights" reading, hosted by Julie Englander, 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

Workshop faculty member Dean Young wrote, "Sometimes poetry is able to bring us the news of how people survive -- not necessarily through its content, but, as here, through its transformational means. Ashley Capps tackles the desolations of spirit and personal history with such astonishing vitality that the green tangle of music, sadness and formal resourcefulness of this book seems not only redemptive, but heroic."

And poet Gerald Stern wrote, "I love the scorching details of Ashley Capps' poems, as well as their withering honesty, their modesty, their crazy imagination, and their cunning. And I love their moral stance and their gracefulness. From time to time I feel that it's all been done and the new poets have nowhere to go, but then I come across a poet like this and I know the art is living."

Capps has held fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Iowa Arts Council, and she received the Emerson Prize for Poetry at Ohio University in 2000. She works as an educational therapist.

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