CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Iowa Poetry Prize winner McKean reads July 9 at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Poet and essayist James McKean, a past winner of
the Iowa Poetry Prize, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July
9 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library.
McKean, who is an associate professor of English at Mount Mercy College
in Cedar Rapids, will read as part of the weekly reading series of the
Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
A graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, McKean has won several awards
for his poetry, including a 1994 Iowa Poetry Prize from the UI Press for
the collection, "Tree of Heaven." His first collection, "Headlong,"
received the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award.
McKean's poetry has also appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner and The
Atlantic Monthly and other magazines.
McKean, who holds a doctorate from the UI, is teaching a one-week workshop
on poetry writing July 13-18, and a one-week workshop on memoir writing
July 20-25, during the Summer Writing Festival.
The Festival, which has grown from nine classes in 1987 to 128 workshops
this year, annually attracts more than 1,000 people from all 50 states
and several foreign countries. Participants take weekend and week-long
classes under the direction of established writers, learning to hone their
skills and explore new ideas in writing.
Nationally known authors, including many with UI and Iowa connections,
are featured among the program's 62 teachers.
Registration and fees are required to participate in writing workshops.
For more information about registering, call (319) 335-2534. Information
is also available at the program's world wide web site, http://www.uiowa.edu/~iswfest