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Sept. 21, 2007

Klink reads from new poetry for Oct. 5 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Poet Joanna Klink, an Iowa City native and a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new collection, "Circadian," at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading will be recorded for the archives of the Writing University website at

Klink's new poems take circadian clocks as their guiding vision. Circadian clocks are the mechanisms in living cells and creatures that control cycles of waking, sleeping, eating and other basic, cyclical biological functions.

A critique in the Colorado Review described Klink's new collection as "beautiful writing, sensuous and troubling." And a review in the Chicago Tribune noted, "Klink writes love poems to nature. . . . This is beautiful writing, and it's also very American.  Walt Whitman might find something to envy in the way Klink's more gentle sense of song . . . tumbles out of simple, individual acts of attention."

Klink, who teaches at the University of Montana, is also the author of "They Are Sleeping," and she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award in 2003.

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

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),