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Feb. 13, 2007

Feb. 26 'Live From Prairie Lights' Reading Features 'Modern Love'

University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program Director Robin Hemley will be joined by graduate student Brian Goedde and recent program graduates Bonnie Rough and Kerry Reilly for a reading from their contributions to "Modern Love: 50 Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion" at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live on the Internet

The free reading will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on AM 910 WSUI in Iowa City, AM 640 WOI in Ames and AM 1010 KRNI in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI in Iowa City.

"Modern Love: 50 Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion," edited by Daniel Jones, is an anthology of stories from the popular "Modern Love" column in the New York Times.

Goedde's essay "Power Centers 'R' Us: Suburban Terror and the Rise of the Strip Mall" was published in the Raven Chronicles, and he presented his essay "Lorraine's Story" at the Midwest Writing Center Conference in St. Louis last fall.

Rough had essays in the December issues of The Iowa Review, Ninth Letter and Identity Theory ( "Notes on the Space We Take," from Ninth Letter, has been selected to appear in "The Best Creative Nonfiction 2007," and her 2005 essay "Slaughter" was short-listed in The Pushcart Prize XXXI. She also received a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation to complete the series "The Birdmen: Essays on Flightlessness." She attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference last summer as the B. Frank Vogel Scholar in Nonfiction.

Reilly, whose work has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, is now teaching at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Hemley has published seven books of nonfiction and fiction, and one of his stories was recently anthologized in "20 Over 40." His latest book, "Invented Eden, The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday," deals with a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines. "Invented Eden" was an American Library Association Editor's Choice book for 2003.

Hemley co-edited the anthology "Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists" and is the author of the memoir "Nola: A Memoir Of Faith, Art And Madness," which won an Independent Press Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also the author of the novel "The Last Studebaker" and the story collections "The Big Ear" and "All You Can Eat."

His awards for his fiction include, The Nelson Algren Award from the Chicago Tribune, the George Garrett Award for Fiction from Willow Springs, the Hugh J. Luke Award from Prairie Schooner and two Pushcart Prizes.

His work has been published in literary magazines including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, Boulevard, Witness, ACM and the North American Review. His fiction has been widely anthologized and translated, and has been heard on National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts."

He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Western Washington University, St. Lawrence University, Vermont College and the University of Utah, and he was the editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review for five years.

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

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