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Release: Feb. 9, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PIPHER READS FEB. 20 -- Bestselling author Mary Pipher will read from her new book, "Another Country," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Iowa City. The reading, which is part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM, will be free and open to the public.

Pipher's book "Reviving Ophelia," which explored the lives of adolescent girls, was a New York Times bestseller. In "Another Country" Pipher turns her attention to senior citizens, particularly the elderly parents of the baby boom generation.

A psychotherapist by trade, Pipher also teaches at the University of Nebraska. Pipher's first book, "Hunger Pains," was published in 1988. She has won the Alice P. Carter Award for her short fiction.

"I love my life as a writer," Pipher says. "Writing has been the great gift of my middle years. It's a tender mercy, a reason to wake up every morning."

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GILB READS FEB. 21 -- Award-winning author Dagoberto Gilb will read from his new collection of short stories, "Woodcuts of Women," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Gilb's previous collection, "The Magic of Blood," won the 1994 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. "The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuna," his first novel, was named a "Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times.

The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Whiting Writer's Award, Gilb has appeared on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air." He teaches creative writing at Southwest Texas State University.

"These are rewarding, if somewhat uneven stories," says Jean Thompson, in her review for the New York Times. "Readers who happen to be women may not recognize themselves in Gilb' s titanic figures. But the sheer intensity and bravado of his vision make this collection succeed more often than not."

CORLESS-SMITH READS FEB. 23 -- Poet Martin Corless-Smith, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, will read from his new collection, "Complete Travels," at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Corless-Smith's first book, "Of Piscator," won the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series Prize and was a runner-up for the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. It was also nominated for the Kate Tufts Award. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Chicago Review and Fence.

A native of England, Corless-Smith studied painting at the University of Reading in his home country and earned a master' s degree in printmaking from Southern Methodist University. He received the first Truman Capote Fellowship from the Writers' Workshop.

Jacket Magazine says Corless-Smith's "evocation of older poetries transcends expectations about what we are obliged to term linguistically innovative poetry."