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March 16, 2007

Writers' Workshop Alumnus Rohrer Reads His Poetry March 29

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Matthew Rohrer will be joined by Jaswinder Bolina and Matthew Zapruder in a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Thursday March 29 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live on the Internet at

Bolina's "Carrier Wave" was recently published as the winner of the Colorado Poetry Prize; Zapruder's "The Pajamaist" came out last fall; and Rohrer's new volume is "Rise Up."

A preview of "Rise Up" in Publishers Weekly found the book's 17 poems "startlingly accurate representations of their times."

Rohrer's previous books are "A Green Light," "Satellite" and "A Hummock in the Malookas, which was selected by Mary Oliver for the 1994 National Poetry Series. With Joshua Beckman, he is co-author of "Nice Hat. Thanks" and the audio CD "Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty."

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