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Sept. 6, 2006

Yale Younger Poetry Prize Winner Hopler At UI Sept. 19 For WSUI Reading

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Jay Hopler, winner of the 2006 Yale Younger Poetry Prize, will return to Iowa City to read at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910.

The broadcast will originate at a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Hopler is one of four authors reading from their work at Prairie Lights that week. The full schedule of the week's 7 p.m. "Live from Prairie Lights" broadcasts from the bookstore is:

-- Iowa City native Sharon Weinberger reading from "Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld" on Monday, Sept. 18;

-- Hopler reading from the prized-winning volume, "Green Squall," on Tuesday;

-- Brian Morton reading from his new novel "Breakable You," co-sponsored by Hillel House, on Wednesday, Sept. 20; and

-- International trade expert Antonia Juhasz, a UI Ida Beam Visiting Professor, discussing her book "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time," the first book to expose the Bush Administration's radical economic agenda for global domination, on Friday, Sept. 22.

In Weinberger's book, which was featured on Jon Stewart's "Daily Show," the veteran defense reporter and editor of Defense Technology International examines what kind of weaponry the Bush administration and the Pentagon are pursuing.

"The Pentagon's fascination with fringe science is old news, writes veteran defense reporter Weinberger in this incisive study, but the Bush administration has pushed it to new levels of wackiness," stated the Publishers Weekly review. "After reviewing our government's pursuit of antimatter weapons, psychics and telepathy, she focuses on a "nuclear hand grenade" that may cost billions and seems certain to fail."

Louise Gluck, the judge of the Yale Younger Poets contest, says of Hopler that "there is a solitude in this work as deep as any since Stevens." Tim Erickson wrote for Speakeasy that the poems "show Hopler to be a deft craftsman in the possession of a morose, self-effacing, and thereby entirely delightful sense of humor."

Morton's novel is the tale of a mediocre novelist trying to make the final leap to fame and glory while still loving his complicated family. Rosellen Brown wrote, "Reading Brian Morton's absorbing new novel, I kept hearing Stanley Kunitz's memorable line, 'Oh teach me how to work and keep me kind.'" And the Publishers Weekly review observed, "this polished novel's touchy-feely title belies the trenchant humor of its take on contemporary New York, especially its literary scene."

Of Juhasz's book, John Perkins, author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," wrote, "The Bush Agenda is a devastating indictment of the collusion between government and big business that has turned the United States . . . into a feared and hated empire." Juhasz has served as a congressional aide and as the project director of the International Forum on Globalization, and she is a visiting scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald, and she has appeared on CBS News, CNN, "Hannity & Colmes," "Washington Journal" and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation."

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

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