WRITER: JESSICA DOWNS
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 9, 1999
UI Press short fiction award winners to read at Prairie
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Press and Prairie
Lights Bookstore are sponsoring a fiction reading by authors Thisbe Nissen
and Nancy Reisman at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Prairie Lights Bookstore,
15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City.
The readings will be broadcast live over WSUI Public Radio, a service of
the University of Iowa, on WSUI AM91O and WOI AM640.
Nissen, the winner of the 1999 Simmons Short Fiction
Award, will read from her book of 25 short stories, "Out of the Girls' Room
and into the Night." Publisher's Weekly described the book as a "bittersweet
fierce and quirky short stories
Nissen displays a
sharp talent for fresh detail and dialogue
Nissen, who now lives in West Liberty, Iowa, is a
graduate from the UI's Writers' Workshop.
Reisman, who was awarded the 1999 Iowa Short Fiction
Award, plans to read from "House Fires," a collection of 11 short stories
that takes a closer look at the way men and women are shaped by private and
Reisman attended the University of Massachusetts at
Amherst, where she earned a master's degree in fine arts. She has received
several fellowships, including ones from the National Endowment for the Arts,
the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Rhode Island State Council
on the Arts.
Reisman currently is a fellow at the Fine Arts Work
Center in Provincetown.
For more information about the authors and other scheduled
readings, refer to the UI Press Web site at www.uiowa.edu/~uipress
or Prairie Light's Web site at www.prairielights.com.