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July 2, 2008

UI alumna Ford reflects on Katrina's devastation in July 15 reading

University of Iowa Writer's Workshop alumna Katie Ford, a faculty member in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, will read from her new poetry collection, "Colosseum," at 7 pm. Tuesday, July 15, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

This WSUI "Live from Prairie Lights" event, hosted by Julie Englander, is free and open to the public. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site

The event will be recorded for broadcast on Iowa Public Radio's "Live from Prairie Lights" series. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions 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.

"Colosseum" confronts ruin in the ancient world and in the living moment, from historical accounts and from firsthand experience. Displaced from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Ford attests to the storm's ferocity and its aftershock. And she examines other catastrophes, from the biblical to those that play out daily in the media.

Jane Hirshfield wrote, "'Colosseum' is a book of polychromatic comprehensions and fiercely kinetic observation ... . (T)he usual boundaries seem to fall away: interior and exterior, public and private, the intimacies of the close at hand and the overview clarities of distance interweave with precise and startling balance. Katie Ford's poetry scours, distills, unsettles, and awakens."

Ford, who is also the author of "Deposition" and the chapbook "Storm," has seen her work published in the Paris Review, the American Poetry Review, Ploughshares and Poets & Writers. She teaches at Franklin & Marshall College.

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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),