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Release: July 13, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

STULL READS JULY 19 -- University of Northern Iowa faculty member Jonathan Stull, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new volume of poems, "Singing the Lake's Desire," at 8 p.m. Monday, July 19 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Writers' Workshop faculty member Marvin Bell wrote in response to the collection, "The poetry in Jonathan Stull's 'Singing the Lake's Desire' is that of a writer at the center of his sensibility. Central to the Midwestern circumstance, in touch with what awake people feel deep within, bearing vigilance and compassion, these poems walk with us agreeably . . . They embody the beauty and dynamism of the natural world."

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WILLIAMS READS JULY 20 -- Irish writer Niall Williams will read from his new novel, "As It Is in Heaven," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program is heard on WSUI in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and WOI AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.

"As It Is in Heaven" follows Williams' highly acclaimed, best-selling first novel, "Four Letters of Love."

The Times of London review of "As It Is in Heaven" described the book as, "A delicate and graceful love story that is also an exaltation of love itself. A luminously written, magical work of fiction" that "rolls with courage and clarity towards a breathtaking affirmation of magic, miracles, and the power of human love."

Williams was born and raised in Dublin and received a master's degree in American literature from University College Dublin, as well as a Certificate in Farming from the Irish Agricultural Advisory Board. He is married to Christine Breen, with whom he worked in publishing in New York before they decided to become small farmers.

They now live in the cottage in which Christine's grandfather was born near the village of Kilmihil in County Clare. Together, the couple has written a series of books about their lives in Ireland, including "The Luck of the Irish," "O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our First Year in County Clare," "The Pipes Are Calling: Our Jaunts Through Ireland" and "When Summer's in the Meadow."

CAREY READS JULY 22 -- Iowa's foremost farmer-poet, Michael Carey, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program is heard on WSUI in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and WOI AM 640 in the Ames/Des Moines area.

Michael Carey lives in Farragut, Iowa, where he combines writing with farming. He is the author of many books, including "The Noise The Earth Makes," "Honest Effort" and "Nishnabotna." He also heads Loess Hills Books, an imprint of Mid-Prairie Books of Parkersburg, Iowa.