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Feb. 22, 2008

McSweeney, Goransson, Kyle, Greenstreet and Northrop will read March 3-7

Fiction writers Joyelle McSweeney (photo, left) and Aryn Kyle, and poets Johannes Goransson, Kate Greenstreet and Kate Northrop (photo, right), will offer free readings from their new books in the Prairie Lights bookstore the week of March 3.

The events at 7 p.m. in the store at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, will be:

--McSweeney and Goransson, co-editors of Action Books, on Monday, March 3.
--Kyle on Wednesday, March 5.
--Greenstreet and Northrop on Friday, March 7.

Listen to each of the readings live via the Writing University Web site at

The March 5 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.

UI Writers' Workshop alumna McSweeney, who writes both fiction and poetry, is the author of the new surreal novels "Flet," which depicts a world transformed after a terrorist catastrophe, and "Nylund, the Sarcophager," which has been called a "noir novella."

A Bookslut review described "Nylund" this way: "Caution: if you are looking for a typical, straightforward, good old fashioned yarn, you'd do best to look elsewhere; but if you want to experience something fresh, daring, creepy, and significant, this is the one for you. ... Each sentence is carefully crafted to upend your expectations in such a way as to make you giddy with anticipation. Call me strange, but I seriously felt a rush of adrenaline from the sheer excitement over what might come next."

McSweeney is also the author of "The Red Bird," winner of the 2002 Fence Modern Poets Series Prize, and "The Commandrine and Other Poems." A member of the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, she co-founded Action Books ( and the ActionYes online quarterly ( with Goransson, whose latest poetry collection is "A New Quarantine Will Take Place." He is the translator of Henry Parland's "Idealrealisation" and author of "Pilot," published by Fairy Tale Review Books.

Kyle's "The God of Animals," the story of a 12-year-old girl keeping the Colorado family horse ranch together in hard times, was described as "a perfect novel" by Andrew Sean Greer. Daphne Durham wrote, "Aryn Kyle's haunting coming-of-age novel is the kind of book that you want to share with everyone you know." Kyle's work was featured in "Best New American Voices 2008" and "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005."

Greenstreet, whose new chapbook is "This is why I hurt you," is the author of "case sensitive" and two previous chapbooks, "Learning the Language" and "Rushes."

Her blog is at, where a recent entry read, "I heard from Jane Gregory the other day . . . I didn't know she was out in Iowa City at the famous Writers' Workshop. Jane told me that she was in Prairie Lights and heard Jan Weissmiller say my name to someone on the phone. This made me feel pretty famous!

"I'm excited about reading at Prairie Lights in March with Kate Northrop. Being in Iowa City will also give me the opportunity to finally meet my e-mail friend Sandy Dyas. Her first book, 'Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians' came out recently from University of Iowa Press."

Northrop's first full-length collection, "Back Through Interruption," received the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University Press in 2002. A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship, Northrop is a contributing editor at The American Poetry Review and an assistant professor of English/Creative Writing at West Chester University.

Her new collection is "Things Are Disappearing Here," about which critic John Deming wrote: "Northrop writes poems that are best described as 'publishable, the kind of stuff that anyone who's pawed through submissions for a poetry magazine would surely recognize as standouts. They are crisp, clean, chiseled." And a review in ForeWord stated, "Northrop pares her lines back to the bone, conjuring a dark lyricism that's both unsettling and seductive."

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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),