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Release: May 28, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

HAMPL READS JUNE 8 -- Patricia Hampl, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from the new memoir "I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 8 in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

"I Could Tell You Stories" is a collection of short memory pieces that asks readers to think carefully about the way they remember experiences.

Hampl's previous books include "Woman Before an Aquarium," "A Romantic Education," "Resort, and other poems," "Spillville" and "Virgin Time." She was the editor of "Burning Bright," an anthology of sacred poetry, and she also edited the 1989 "Houghton Mifflin Anthology of Short Fiction." She wrote the libretto for composer Libby Larsen's "In a Winter Garden," which was recorded on the Pro Arte label.

Hampl's prose and poetry have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including an appearance in a volume of "Best American Short Stories."

Among Hampl's honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, Bush and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for both prose and poetry, a fellowship to attend the Bellagio Center in Italy, a Fulbright Fellowship supporting work in the Czech Republic, and a five-year MacArthur Fellowship.

She is a Regents Professor in the creative writing program of the English department at the University of Minnesota, where she has been honored as "Distinguished Teacher of the Year."

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PRICE READS JUNE 11 -- Nature writer Jennifer Price will read from her book "Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America" at 8 p.m. Friday, June 11 in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

"Flight Maps" is a witty and sophisticated examination of how contemporary Americans have domesticated and commercialized nature -- in their front yards, retail outlets, restaurants and TVs. Her essays on nature and pop culture explore the power of ideas of nature in American life, with subjects ranging from the passenger-pigeon extinction to plastic pink flamingos.

Critic John Demos wrote, "'Flight Maps' is a deep -- and deeply disturbing -- meditation on the significance of nature in modern times. Ingenious and enormously clever, it qualifies as literature, too. It makes history important as few such books ever do."