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Feb. 19, 2009

Bialosky's Feb. 26 reading will be recorded by UI Writing University

Poet and fiction writer Jill Bialosky, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her novel "The Life Room" and her poetry collection "Intruder" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The "Live from Prairie Lights" series event will be streamed live and archived on the UI Writing University Web site

In "The Life Room," Bialosky portrays a couple whose sensibilities clash: he is a steady, practical-minded surgeon, while she is an emotional literature professor who revels in the adventure of visiting Paris to deliver a paper. Donna Seaman wrote in Booklist that Bialosky's subject, "is the vulnerability of the mind to fear and delusion. . .  Bialosky's brightly burning novel of desire and aberration, and a woman's quest for deeper understanding, is remarkable for its insights into erotic compulsion and the unbearable awkwardness and pain of flawed and failed love."

A review in the Boston Globe asserted: "Bialosky creates a character brave enough to look back and try to regenerate all the emotional intensity of her younger self. Eleanor Cahn's journey is not just a reawakening, but a reclamation of a vital part of herself long buried under domestic minutiae and the travails of balancing family and career." And a New York Times review called the book "Suspenseful . . . with a kind of reckless illogic that would do Tolstoy proud."

In "Intruder" Bialosky explores how mundane life can be invaded by love, art and imagination. A Library Journal review called the poems in the collection "Hypnotic . . . energized by their own darkness."

Grace Schulman wrote, "Jill Bialosky's 'Intruder' is a powerful work that combines an inquiry into the depths of passion with the details of ordinary life -- a boy at baseball, a woman cutting sunflower stems. In this third collection, she has invented a mode for juxtaposing abstractions with moving images. She writes with urgency of the mysteries of art, which have a direct bearing on the joys and dangers of simply being alive. I read this book in wonder."

Bialosky's debut novel was "House Under Snow," and her collections of poems are "Subterranean" and "The End of Desire."  She was also co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology "Wanting A Child."

Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, O Magazine, the Paris Review, The Nation, the New Republic, the Kenyon Review, the American Poetry Review and other publications.

Bialosky has received a number of awards including the Elliot Coleman Award in Poetry. She is currently an editor at W. W. Norton & Company.

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 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),