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Nov. 17, 2006

Midwest Ecologists Read From New Collection Dec. 1 On 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Midwestern ecologists Gary Holthaus and Lisa Knopp will read from "River East, River West: Iowa's Natural Borders," the latest essay collection from Steve Semken's Ice Cube Press Harvest Book Series, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910.

The "Live from Prairie Lights" reading, hosted by WSUI's 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

Holthaus is the author of "Wide Skies" and "Circling Back" and Knopp is the author of "Flight Dreams" and "Field of Vision," published by the UI Press. Other contributors to the new volume are UI English faculty member David Hamilton, the editor of the Iowa Review; Robert Wolf; John Price; and photographer Ethan Hirsh.

A UI alumnus, Semken runs the Ice Cube Press in North Liberty and founded the Standing By Words Center, sponsor of the annual Harvest Lectures Series.

Semken's books include "Moving With the Elements," "River Tips and Tree Trunks," "Northern Spirits Distilled," "The Tin Prayer: Words of the Wolverine" and "The Great Blues." He contributed to the recent collection "Living With Topsoil," and he edited the recent volume "Prairie Weather."

He has been writer-in-residence at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and the recipient of numerous Iowa Arts Council awards for his writing.

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