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April 18, 2007

UI Alumni Brockmeier, Li Featured In April 30 Granta Reading

University of Iowa alumni Kevin Brockmeier and Yiyun Li will be joined by Christopher Coake in a reading celebrating the publication of "Granta's Best of Young American Novelists 2" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30 in the Prairie Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the UI Writing University Website:

Brockmeier, Li and Coake are among 21 writers selected for the anthology from Granta, a British literary magazine. Brockmeier is a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, and Li holds Master of Fine Arts degrees from both the Writers' Workshop and the UI Nonfiction Writing Program.

Brockmeier (left) is the author of two novels, "The Brief History of the Dead" and "The Truth About Celia"; a short-story collection, "Things That Fall from the Sky"; and a trio of children's books. He is represented in the anthology by 'Parakeets' from his forthcoming collection of stories, "The View from the Seventh Layer."

Li (right) emigrated from China in 1996 to pursue a doctorate in immunology, but three years later she gave up that pursuit to become a writer. Her collection of short stories, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers," won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Slate Best Book of 2006 and the Guardian First Book Award. She was also honored with a 2006 Whiting Writers' Award. The Granta anthology includes her previously unpublished story, "House Fire."

Also among the 21 authors represented in the Granta anthology are UI alumni Daniel Alarcon and ZZ Packer.

The Writing University Web site provides a handy portal to the UI writing programs, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, the Translation Workshop, the UI Press and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The site also centralizes writing news, lists upcoming events and provides access to a wealth of writing materials -- texts, journals, lists of Iowa-connected writers and publications, historic videos and archived audio. Visitors to the site have the option of subscribing to an RSS feed.

The Writers' Workshop and the Nonfiction Writing Program are graduate programs in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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