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June 7, 2005

Ander Monson Reads Both Poetry And Fiction June 20 On WSUI

Ander Monson will read from both his collection of short stories, "Other Electricities," and his prize-winning first book of poetry, "Vacationland," at 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

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

"Vacationland," published last month, is the winner of the 2005 Tupelo Press First Book Editors' Prize.

A starred review of "Other Eccentricities" in Publishers Weekly stated, "Monson's inventive collection illuminates the barren landscape of Michigan's snowbound Upper Peninsula with a glittering mosaic of short stories, lists, instructions, poetic obituaries and illustrations of radio schematics. His interconnected vignettes flash across a region that is 'now in some ways a place only for ghosts and tourists,' revealing a small-town cast of characters defined by shared loss. . . . Monson's is an original new voice, and this poignant, lyrical collection conjures a powerful sense of place."

Pulitzer-winning UI alumnus Robert Olen Butler wrote, "Monson is tuned in to our crackling, chaotic, juiced-up times like no other young writer I know. 'Other Electricities' is necessary reading."

Monson, who holds a degree from Iowa State University, edits the magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. His work has appeared in many literary magazines, including the North American Review, Fence, Field, Gulf Coast, the Bellingham Review, Ploughshares, the Boston Review and Mississippi Review. He teaches at Grand Valley State University, and his work draws from his life in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, the Deep South (a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama) and Saudi Arabia.

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