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March 19, 2009

Writers' Workshop faculty members D'Ambrosio and Brockmeier read April 3

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop visiting faculty members Charles D'Ambrosio and Kevin Brockmeier -- both of whom are workshop alumni -- will read from their fiction at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the Tippie Auditorium on the Pappajohn Business Building. The reading is free and open to the public.

D'Ambrosio is the author of two acclaimed books of short stories, "The Point" and "The Dead Fish Museum," and the essay collection "Orphans."

D'Ambrosio's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review and in numerous anthologies, including "Best American Short Stories." His work has received a number of prizes including a James Michener Fellowship at the UI and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction.

Brockmeier's collection "The View from the Seventh Layer" was just released in paperback. He is also the author of two novels, "The Brief History of the Dead" and "The Truth About Celia"; a previous short-story collection, "Things That Fall from the Sky"; and a trio of children's books. One of the stories in "The View from the Seventh Layer" was anthologized in "Granta's Best of Young American Novelists 2."

Lydia Millet, author of "Oh Pure and Radiant Heart" wrote of the new collection, "Kevin Brockmeier's writing has a light, magical quality that makes it a joy to read. Playful and uninhibited, imaginative and gentle, he's an American Italo Calvino."

Brockmeier has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, the Georgia Review, McSweeney's and "The Best American Short Stories." His story "The Green Children" from "The Truth About Celia" was selected for "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror." He has received the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award, a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship at the UI, two O. Henry Awards and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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