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March 26, 2007

Poet Sam Witt Reads for 'Live from Prairie Lights' April 5

Poet Sam Witt, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new collection, "Sunflower Brother," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live on the Internet via The Writing University Website 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 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.

Witt's "Everlasting Quail" was published as the winner of the Bakeless Poetry Prize at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. He also won the New Millennium Writing Poetry Award in 1999. "Sunflower Brother," winner of the Poetry Center Prize from Cleveland State University, was partially written on a Fulbright grant to Russia.

He has published articles and book reviews in Gay and Lesbian Review, Computer-world, Salon, the Vancouver Sun, Wired, the San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other journals and newspapers. His poems have appeared in the Colorado Review, "The New Young American Poets," Pleiades, the Virginia Quarterly, Louisiana Literature and elsewhere.

He now teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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