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Oct. 3, 2011

Oct. 9-14 Prairie Lights streams include faculty members Ampuero and Crosthwaite

University of Iowa Spanish and Portuguese faculty members Roberto Ampuero and Luis Humberto Crosthwaite, and Writers' Workshop poetry alumni Nathan Hoks and Wayne Miller will be featured during a busy week of Writing University,, live literary streams from Prairie Lights Books Oct. 9-14.

--Robert Morgan will read from Lions of the West, an account of Americans who pursued Manifest Destiny, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.
--Poets Lily Brown and Travis Nichols will read at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.
--Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Hoks will sample Reveilles, his debut poetry collection, in a reading with Miller at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
--Ampuero and Crosthwaite will present a Spanish literary recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The reading will be preceded by a reception beginning at 6 p.m.

Lions of the West portrays the time period from Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean.

The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist and John Quincy Adams.

Morgan is the author of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including his novel Gap Creek and his biography of Daniel Boone, both of which were national bestsellers. A professor at Cornell University, his awards include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. Find him online at

Brown, the author of Rust or Go Missing, holds degrees from Harvard University and Saint Mary's College of California. She has published poems in journals including the Denver Quarterly, Fence, Pleiades, 26, and Tarpaulin Sky.

Poet Rae Armantrout wrote that Brown "writes with and against things in poems that are coiled up tight as springs (or snakes). . . These terse, biting poems will make you look around and wonder."

Nichols, an editor at the Poetry Foundation, is the author of the Lannan Literary selection See Me Improving, which a Publishers Weekly review described as "hip and funny."

Hoks has published poems and translations in Lit, Verse, Crazyhorse, Circumference and many other journals. He is the author of the chapbook Birds Mistaken as Wind and the translator of Arctic Poems, a collection of Vicente Huidobro's poetry.

University of Central Missouri faculty member Miller, whose new book is The City, Our City, is the author of two previous acclaimed collections, Only the Senses Sleep and The Book of Props. The co-editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, he has been the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize.

Ampuero, who first came to the UI as a resident in the International Writing Program, is the author of 12 novels translated in several languages, and currently he is working on a new novel set in Berlin, New York and Valparaíso.

Crosthwaite is an award winning writer, editor and journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of international venues. His fiction has garnered critical attention for his ability to express the complexities of living on the U.S./Mexico border. He is also coeditor of Puro Border: Dispatches, Snapshots, & Graffiti from the US/Mexico Border.

The Writers' Workshop and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures are academic programs in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate College.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights,; Winston Barclay, University News Services,