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Feb. 4, 2009

Feb. 16 Sikelianos reading will be streamed on UI Writing University site

The "Live from Prairie Lights" reading series, which is streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site,, will feature poet Eleni Sikelianos on Monday, Feb. 16. The reading will originate as a free public event at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Her new book is "Body Clock," about which a Publishers Weekly review stated, "In her characteristic fragmented lyric, Sikelianos finds words for a range of thought and emotion called up by new motherhood post-9/11. ...  the awed tone gives rise to some of Sikelianos's best work to date, and a fine, aesthetically challenging treatment of an age-old subject."

Sikelianos' other recent books include "The California Poem," a book-length exploration of growing up in her home state, and "The Book of Jon," a media-rich meditation on the nature of drug addiction, daughterhood and death.

She has been the recipient of a number of honors, including a National Poetry Series selection; residencies at Princeton University, Yaddo and the Maison des écrivains étrangers (House of foreign writers) in Brittany; a Fulbright Writer's Fellowship in Greece; a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Nonfiction Literature; a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing; a New York Council for the Arts Translation Award; and the James D. Phelan Award.

Sikelianos has spent much of her life traveling by foot, thumb, train, boat and plane, including 16 months hitchhiking across Europe and Africa; trips to Mexico City, Oaxaca, the Yucatan, Borneo, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur; many trips to Greece; and a few years in France.

She now lives in Colorado and teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Naropa University in Boulder, and in the doctoral program at the University of Denver.

A recording of the reading will become a part of the permanent archive of the Writing University, accessible from the Web site.

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