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Oct. 23, 2008

Writers' Workshop alumna Katy Lederer reads her poetry Nov. 6

Poet Katy Lederer, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be joined by poet Kazim Ali in a free reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 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

The poets will read from their new books from the American Poets Continuum: Ali's "The Fortieth Day" and Lederer's "The Heaven-Sent Leaf."

Lederer is author of the poetry collection "Winter Sex" and the memoir "Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers," which Publishers Weekly included as Best Nonfiction Books of 2003 and Esquire Magazine named one of its eight Best Books of the Year 2003.

Ali is also the author of the poetry collection "The Far Mosque," winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, and the novel "Quinn's Passage," named one of "The Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine. He is a faculty member in creative writing at Oberlin College and teaches in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program of the University of Southern Maine.

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 Weissmiller, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,