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Sept. 27, 2007

Poet Flenniken will read from her debut collection Oct. 9

Poet Kathleen Flenniken (photo, left) will read from "Famous," her award-winning first collection, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Listen live via the Writing University website at The event will also 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.

"Famous" was the winner of the 2005 Prairie Schooner Poetry Prize and was an American Library Association Notable Book for 2007.

Marit MacArthur wrote for the Bloomsbury Review, "Surely it is rare to come across a poet of familiar contemporary experience like Kathleen Flenniken, whose imaginative, convincing tropes, sense of rhythm and sound, sharp intellect, narrative instinct, and resistance to cliché transform that experience into art so compelling that it makes us wonder how have we come to doubt it could be done?"

Flenniken's poems have appeared in Poetry, the Iowa Review, the Southern Review, the Mid-American Review, Farm Pulp, Prairie Schooner and Poetry Daily. She is the recipient of a 2005 Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2003 Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust, along with grants from Artist Trust and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

She is a co-editor and president of Floating Bridge Press, an all-volunteer nonprofit press dedicated to publishing Washington State poets. She has taught poetry in the schools through the Washington State Arts Commission, Writers in the Schools, and Powerful Partners, and led poetry workshops for students of all ages. Currently she teaches creative writing to seniors at the Northwest School.

She holds degrees in civil engineering and worked for eight years as an engineer and hydrologist, including three years at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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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),