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Sept. 3, 2004

Robinson And McCullough Read On WSUI

Fiction writer Lewis Robinson and poet/blogger Aaron McCullough will read at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Robinson, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, will read from his ecstatically received first collection of stories, "Officer Friendly," which Elizabeth Strout called "Funny, unexpected and always oddly poignant."

Frank Diller wrote in the Baltimore City Paper, "Lewis Robinson is one of the most talented writers you've never read. His debut collection arrives fully formed, without a single tale appearing in the journals and magazines where young literary finds are supposed to hone their craft. And that makes reading each of his deceptively good stories all the more exciting."

A Publishers Weekly preview proclaimed, "Robinson establishes himself as a writer with a seductive, edgy voice in this dark debut collection." And a preview in the New York Times Book Review concluded, "Robinson has that rare power to make a setting breathe, to invest it with a vitality that seems as authentic and intense as the pulse beats of his characters."

Robinson was born in Natick, Mass., and grew up in Maine. He attended Middlebury College before attending the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a teaching-writing fellow and winner of the Glenn Schaeffer Award. He is most recently the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award.

His work has appeared in Tin House, Open City, the Missouri Review, Sports Illustrated and on the NPR program "Selected Shorts."

McCullough, also a Writers' Workshop alumnus, is the poet of the collections "Welkin" and "Double Venus," and he is the proprietor/editor of http://aaronmccollough.blogspot.com.

Critic Michael Palmer wrote of "Welkin," "Aaron McCullough has reclaimed (that is, radically reclaimed) a certain ancientness of praise and quest, credence and address, for our fractured present. The resulting poems resonate with a singular music, urgency and substance. In short, 'Welkin' is both an inventive and immediately rewarding collection, and one rich with promise."

McCullough is currently in the doctoral program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The Writers' Workshop is an academic unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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