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Nov. 3, 2006

Moffett Reads From Simmons Short Fiction Winner On WSUI

Kevin Moffett will read from "Permanent Visitors," published by the University of Iowa Press as the winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, on UI radio station WSUI, 910.

The reading, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will originate in a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

George Saunders, the judge in the competition, praised Moffett as "a writer who has the very rare gift of true kindheartedness. Again and again in 'Permanent Visitors,' he surprises and gratifies the reader with the intensity and patience of his gaze -- his ability to find the complicated, the funny, the human, the dazzling, in the stuff of everyday life. The best stories in this book remind us of the real and only purpose of fiction: to recalibrate the heart."

Heidi Julavits, author of "The Effect of Living Backwards," wrote, "You could say this book is heartbreaking. Funny. Unpredictable. Intelligent. Yet these words fail to adequately convey the experience of reading Kevin Moffett's 'Permanent Visitors.' 'Soul loofah' edges a little closer. If you've picked up this collection, wondering, 'who is this Moffett guy?' -- I urge you to buy it and read it, so that you can be one of the lucky people who discovers Kevin Moffett before he's more widely outed as the brilliant writer that he is."

Until recently Moffett edited and wrote for Funworld, the official magazine of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. His writing has received the Nelson Algren Award and the Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in McSweeney's, Tin House, StoryQuarterly, the Believer, the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere. "Tattooizm," originally published in Tin House, was selected for inclusion in "The Best American Short Stories 2006." He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is spending 2006-2007 as the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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