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April 1, 2008

Zucker and Greenberg introduce new books April 7

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Rachel Zucker will read from her third collection of poems, "The Bad Wife Handbook," poet Arielle Greenberg will read from her work, and the two poets will introduce "Efforts and Affections: Women Poets on Mentorship," which they co-edited for the UI Press, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Listen live via the UI Writing University Web site at

"The Bad Wife Handbook" is a darkly comic collection that looks unsparingly at the difficulties and compromises of married life.

Zucker's first full-length collection, "Eating in the Underworld," follows the myth of Persephone. Her second collection, "The Last Clear Narrative," is a cross examination of marriage and motherhood.

Zucker is the winner of the Salt Hill Poetry Award and the Barrow Street Poetry Prize. In 2002 she won the Center for Book Arts Award for her long poem, "Annunciation" which was published as a limited edition chapbook.

Greenberg teaches in the poetry programs at Columbia College Chicago. Her poetry collections are "Given" and "My Kafka Century," and her essays and reviews on literature and art have been widely published.

Alicia Ostriker, author of "Writing Like a Woman" and "Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America," wrote of "Women Poets on Mentorship," "Much has been written by and about women poets and women's poetry, but this is the first that addresses the topic of mentorship in a way that expands what we mean by 'tradition.'

"No other book looks at the question of how tradition moves from one generation to the next, from the younger generation's point of view. My own poetry students have talked about the need for exactly such a book. 'Women Poets on Mentorship' will be important to today's (and tomorrow's) poetry community, as well as to women's studies."

Contributors include Jenny Factor on Marilyn Hacker, Beth Ann Fennelly on Denise Duhamel, Miranda Field on Fanny Howe, Katie Ford on Jorie Graham, Joy Katz on Sharon Olds, Valerie Martínez on Joy Harjo, Erika Meitner on Rita Dove, Aimee Nezhukumatathil on Naomi Shihab Nye, Eleni Sikelianos on Alice Notley, Tracy K. Smith on Lucie Brock-Broido, Crystal Williams on Lucille Clifton, and Rebecca Wolff on Molly Peacock.

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: Jan Weissmuller, Prairie Lights,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),