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Sept. 27, 2007

Visiting faculty members Hoagland and Ames will present reading Oct. 10

Fiction writer Jonathan Ames, a recurring guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and poet Tony Hoagland will present an Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Lecture Room II of University of Iowa Van Allen Hall.

Ames is the author of "I Pass Like Night," "The Extra Man," "What's Not to Love?," "My Less Than Secret Life," "Wake Up, Sir!" and "I Love You More Than You Know."

The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is the editor of "Sexual Metamorphosis," and his graphic novel "The Alcoholic" will be published in 2008 by DC Comics. He has had two amateur boxing matches, fighting as "The Herring Wonder," and he had a one-man show off-off-Broadway entitled "Oedipussy."

His Web site is

Hoagland's most recent work is the chapbook "Hard Rain." His other collections of poetry include "What Narcissism Means to Me," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Donkey Gospel," which received the James Laughlin Award; and "Sweet Ruin," winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Zacharis Award.

His other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the O.B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Poetry Foundation's Mark Twain Award in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry.

Stephen Young of the Poetry Foundation wrote: "There is nothing escapist or diversionary about Tony Hoagland's poetry. Here's misery, death, envy, hypocrisy, and vanity. But the still sad music of humanity is played with such a light touch on an instrument so sympathetically tuned that one can't help but laugh. Wit and morality rarely consort these days; it's good to see them happily, often hilariously reunited in the winner's poetry."

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

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