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Oct. 26, 2007

Nov. 4 Prairie Lights reading will feature Writers' Workshop students

Four students from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop will read from their work at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, the usual time slot for readings by members of the International Writing Program. All of this fall's IWP participants will be out of town for the weekend.

Kiki Petrosino, a poetry alumna of the Writers' Workshop, will host the free event, which will feature poets Ava Dellaira, Therese Lloyd and Joseph Bradshaw, and fiction writer Elinathan Ohiomoba.

Dellaira is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she won the Elsie F. Filippi Memorial Prize in Poetry.

Bradshaw came to the UI from Portland, Ore., where he co-edited FO(A)RM Magazine and co-curated the Spare Room reading series. His chapbook, "The Way Birds Become," was published by Weather Press.

Lloyd, a graduate of Victoria University in New Zealand, is this year's Glenn Schaeffer Fellow in the Writers' Workshop. Her limited-edition debut collection of poems was "many things happened," and she has toured New Zealand performing poetry.

Ohiomoba has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Harvard University, and she received a Hurston/Wright Award and won writing contests sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Ayn Rand Institute.

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

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