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May 11, 2007

Iowa City Native Zachary Jack Reads For 'Live From Prairie Lights' May 25

Iowa City native Zachary Michael Jack will be joined by contributors to "Letters To A Young Iowan: Good Sense From the Good Folks of Iowa for Young People Everywhere" in a free reading at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, 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 at:

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 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.

Jack, who edited the volume for Ice Cube Press of North Liberty, will be joined by some of the more than 100 contributors to this book, including Cary J Hahn of KGAN-TV, Brion Hurley, Sarah Uthoff, Thomas Dean, Lori Erickson and Susan Futrell.

Singer/songwriter Greg Brown commented, "This book makes it abundantly clear what a wide range of lively, engaging and engaged souls live in the land between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The voices linger in my spirit like a big choir and all the notes, the harmonies and the dissonance together say more about my home state than any other single volume I have seen."

And former Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad called the book "a very down-to-earth collection that really gives us stories of so many people that truly love Iowa and are proud of their state."

Jack was raised on the Iowa farm his family settled in the early 1860s. The recipient of the Prentice Hall Prize for Poetry and the founding director of the Iowa School of Lost Arts for children, he has been a writer in residence at New York's Blue Mountain Center, Mexico's Great River Arts Institute and Ireland's Tyrone Guthrie Centre. He is an English faculty member at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

His other books include "The Furrow and Us," "Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom" and "Love of the Land: Essential Farm and Conservation Readings from an American Golden Age, 1880-1920."

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.

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