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March 9, 2007

Poet Kryah Reads From Debut Collection For 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Poet Joshua Kryah, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his first collection, "Glean," at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live on the Internet at

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 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.

"Glean" is published as the winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, selected by Donald Revell, who wrote, "After we've reaped the whirlwind, what remains to glean? This debut approaches the question and its quiet apocalypse not desperately but, against all precedent, lovingly.

"And such approach is amply rewarded. In the hollow places of our day, Kryah finds not emptiness, but an echoing sound of wings. In the waste spaces, he finds a spark just now coming alight -- for warmth, not burning. Crazy as it may sound, in 'Glean' we have the love poetry of a terrible aftermath we need not, thanks to Kryah, fear after all."

Kryah recently received a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Schaeffer Fellow in poetry. His poems have appeared periodicals including the Colorado Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Iowa Review, Pleiades, and Verse. As the winner of the 2007 Third Coast Poetry Award, his work will appear in the fall 2007 issue of that journal.

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