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Release: March 21, 2003

Poets Donnelly, Johnson Read "Live From Prairie Lights"

As National Poetry Month begins, the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, will feature poets Timothy Donnelly on Thursday, April 3 and Julia Johnson on Friday, April 4. Both readings will be free events at 8 p.m. in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City.

Listen to the readings on the internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu.

Donnelly, poetry editor of the Boston Review, is the author of the collection "Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit," of which Lucie Brock-Broido wrote, "Since when is a first book of poetry this exuberant, this bountiful, this intelligent, this fanciful, this strange? In the vast taxonomy of poetry, Timothy Donnelly is a herd of one."

Jorie Graham, former UI Writers' Workshop faculty member and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, wrote of Donnelly's debut, "It is that rare thing in poetry -- a passionate meditation, wild ride, fun read, and a wrenching, sometimes even scary, document regarding who we were and are."

Donnelly's first collection has been keenly anticipated, after his work in journals -- including the Paris Review and Ploughshares -- generated a strong following. He has received a Master Writer Fellowship from the New York State Writers Institute and was recently awarded The Paris Review Bernard F. Connors Prize.

Kelly Cherry called Johnson's first book of poetry, "Naming the Afternoon," "inventive and eccentric, a new voice speaking from a fresh perspective. Johnson's poems are the brightest of mysteries and make a remarkably mature debut."

Johnson, who teaches at Hollins University in Virginia, is a two-time winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize and the recipient of the New Writing Award in Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She has published poems in journals including Third Coast, Eclipse, Poetry International and the New Orleans Review.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu.