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July 19, 2007

Lomax Reading On July 25 Coincides With Baseball Exhibition

The "Live from Prairie Lights" series will present a free reading by University of Iowa faculty member Michael E. Lomax at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the Old Capitol Museum on the UI campus. Listen live via the UI Writing University Web site:

The reading 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.

Lomax will read from the essays he contributed to "Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African American Baseball," which was recently republished in paperback, and the event will take place in the Old Capitol Museum in connection with its exhibition of Iowa baseball memorabilia.

Lomax, the author of "Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901," is a sports historian in the UI department of health and sports studies. His work has been published in journals and books including "Out of the Shadows: A Biographical History of African American Athletes," Sport History Review, "Race and Sport," "Sport and the Color Line" and "Ethnicity, Sport, Identity: Struggles for Status." He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from Ohio State University.

The exhibition in the Old Capitol Museum is "Hometown Heroes: Iowa's Baseball Legacy" (, on view through Sept. 9.

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.

For additional information about the reading call Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,