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Oct. 19, 2007

Poet Joshua Weiner reads for 'Live From Prairie Lights' Nov. 1

Joshua Weiner will read from his second collection of poems, "From the Book of Giants," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Website:

The free reading 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.

Weiner, who teaches at the University of Maryland, is the recipient of both a Whiting Award and the Rome Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His previous collection was "The World's Room."

His new book, whose title is taken from a set of writings in the Dead Sea Scrolls, is an investigation into what happens when the private and public spheres collapse into each other.

Poet Tom Sleigh wrote, "Joshua Weiner's new book is a wonderful example of how politics and art can come together in a way that is wholly unexpected. In a strange, bold amalgam of domestic narrative, political allegory and lyric inventiveness, Weiner looks at politics from the vantage of a disaffected householder who has bizarre, visionary tendencies."

Claudia Rankine called the book "a piercingly moving and memorable achievement."

Weiner coordinated the Favorite Poem Project reading at the Chicago Public Library in June 2000. He is also the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the PEN New England Discovery Award, the Ralph Samuels Fellowship in Poetry from Dartmouth College, the Dean's Dissertation Fellowship at the University of California, a dissertation fellowship from the Mellon Foundation, a fellowship in poetry at the Fine Arts Work Center, the Joseph Henry Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation, the Eisener Prize in Poetry, and an Academy of American Poets Prize at Northwestern University.

He has published poems and prose in "Best American Poetry," the Nation, the American Scholar, the New York Review of Books, the Chicago Tribune, the Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, the Chicago Review, the Boston Review, the Yale Review and Slate.

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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