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April 15, 2008

Poet Hirsch reads from new collection April 23

Poet Edward Hirsch, a Grinnell College graduate and the winner of a MacArthur "genius grant," will read from his new collection, "Special Orders," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Hirsch wrote six previous collections of poetry, including "For the Sleepwalkers," which won the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; and "Wild Gratitude," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also published four prose books, including "How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry," a national best seller, and "Poet's Choice," which collected his weekly essay-letters running in the Washington Post Book World.

He publishes regularly in a wide variety of magazines and journals, including the American Poetry Review and The New Yorker. He is now the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

In addition to the MacArthur grant, he has received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, an Academy of Arts and Letters Award and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award.

Poet Dana Goodyear wrote for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "It takes a brave poet to follow Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton into the abyss . . . Hirsch's poems are compassionate, reverential, sometimes relievingly ruthless."

The April 23 event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "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 and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

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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),