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Feb. 21, 2007

Monson, UI Nonfiction Writing Program Guest, Reads March 7 At Prairie Lights

Essayist Ander Monson, a guest of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from "Neck Deep and Other Predicaments: Essays" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 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.

Monson's book was the winner of the 2006 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. NWP faculty member John D'Agata wrote, "Unapologetically smart, unexpectedly emotional, and playful in ways that most nonfiction never even attempts, Ander Monson's 'Neck Deep' is what we mean when we say essay."

A starred review in Publishers Weekly stated, "Monson offers a parade of quirky, at times avant-garde methods for exploring his obsessions with everything from Frisbee golf to car washes to the lost art of sending telegrams. . . . Wonderfully recondite and cunningly executed, Monson's work will make a brilliant discovery for open-minded fans of narrative nonfiction."

Monson edits the magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. He is the author of "Other Electricities" and the poetry collection "Vacationland."

The Nonfiction Writing Program is a graduate program in the English Department of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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