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June 13, 2007

UI Writers' Workshop Faculty Member Mark Levine Reads From 'F5' June 26

Mark Levine, a member of the poetry faculty of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new book, "F5," in a free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the Prairie Lights book store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

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 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.

In "F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century" -- prose rather than poetry -- Levine writes about the most powerful tornadoes, with winds exceeding 260 mph, and the catastrophic damage they caused during a 1974 Midwest outbreak.

His Writers' Workshop colleague Marilynne Robinson wrote, "Mark Levine has written a compelling meditation on those moments in which the atmosphere clothes itself in uncanny potency and visits the abodes of men."

Mark Bowden, author of "Black Hawk Down," asserted, "'F5' reads like a novel, but is a masterpiece of careful reporting."

In addition to writing three books of poetry -- "The Wilds," "Debt" and "Enola Gay" -- Levine is an award-winning magazine writer who has contributed to The New Yorker, Outside, Men's Journal, the New York Times Magazine and other periodicals, and whose work has been included in "The Best American Magazine Writing."

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.

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