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May 6, 2005

Harp Reads From New Poetry Collection May 18 On WSUI

University of Iowa alumnus Jerry Harp will read from his second collection of poems, "Gatherings," winner of the 2004 Robert McGovern Prize from the Ashland University Press, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at wsui.uiowa.edu.

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.

Kevin Prufer wrote, "I have long been a fan of Jerry Harp's poetry, but in 'Gatherings' he outdoes himself. These new poems are formally brilliant, playfully colloquial and often very moving. I rarely come across a poet with such startling gifts, a poet who fuses great musical ability and intelligence with such facility. Away from the fads and short-lived literary movements, Jerry Harp is at once technically masterful and deeply thoughtful. He is one of the very best young poets at work today."

Harp has degrees from Saint Meinrad College, Saint Louis University and the University of Florida in addition to his doctorate from the UI in Renaissance literature. He teaches at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon and is currently working on a book-length study of the late UI/Florida poet Donald Justice.

Harp's first book was "Creature," and a third book, "Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains," is forthcoming. He is a contributing editor of Delmar and regularly reviews poetry for the Iowa Review and Pleiades.

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