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Feb. 2, 2007

Galvin And Eprile Present Writers' Workshop Faculty Reading Feb. 16

James Galvin and Tony Eprile, faculty members in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from their work at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in W151 of the UI Pappajohn Business Building. The reading will feature primarily new, unpublished material.

Eprile is the author of "Temporary Sojourner: And Other South African Stories" and "The Persistence of Memory," both of which were New York Times Notable Books.

Theo Tait, writing in the New York Times Book Review, called Eprile's work "A passionate fictional attempt to wake from a nightmare of historical complicity." And Daphne Merkin wrote in the Los Angeles Times Book review that his novel "throws all its chips in the air like a dazzling Nabokovian trick."

Galvin, winner of a 2003 Lannan Foundation Award, has written a number of volumes of poetry, several of which were collected in "Resurrection Update." His most recent poetry collection is "X." He is also the author of "The Meadow," a history of the terrain and people of a high-mountain meadow in southern Wyoming near his home above Tie Siding, and the novel "Fencing the Sky." "The Meadow" was recently selected for a community read in Loveland, Colo.

His honors include a Discovery/The Nation award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tony Hoagland wrote in the Harvard Review, "Galvin [has] the virtues of precise observation and original language. . . . a rigor of mind and firmness of phrasing which make [each] poem an architectural pleasure."

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

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