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July 5, 2007

Poet Goetsch Of The Iowa Summer Writing Festival Reads July 17

Poet Douglas Goetsch, a faculty member in the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live on the Internet at

The free event will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI 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 WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City, WOI-AM 640 in Ames and KRNI-AM 1010 in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on KSUI-FM 91.7 in Iowa City.

Goetsch is the author of "The Job of Being Everybody," "Nobody's Hell" and three chapbooks. He has won the Aldrich Award; the Paumanok Prize; the Permafrost Prize; awards from Prairie Schooner, the American Journal of Poetry and the Chautauqua Literary Journal; two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts; and numerous Pushcart Prize nominations.

Critic Mike Steffen wrote, "Goetsch's poems seem to encourage us to embrace directness and simplicity, to let everything we can imagine or experience be contained in phrases that are candid, without ornamentation, tilted against complacency."

Goetsch's work has appeared in Poetry, the Iowa Review, Ploughshares, ONTHEBUS, the Threepenny Review, the New England Review, in many anthologies, online at PoetryDaily, and on Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac," on National Public Radio.

For 20 years Goetsch has been a New York City public school teacher and is currently working with incarcerated children. He is also founding editor of Jane Street Press.

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.

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