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Oct. 25, 2007

Poets Dumanis and Winter, UI Writers' Workshop alums, will read Nov. 8

Poet Michael Dumanis and Max Winter, graduates of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from their first collections of poems at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Dumanis will read from "My Soviet Union," winner of the 2007 Juniper Prize, and Winter will read from "The Pictures," winner of the Fifth Annual Boston Review Poetry Contest.

A starred review of "My Soviet Union" in Publishers Weekly asserted, "Dumanis overwhelms with intelligence and emotion. He is certainly a poet to watch."

Dumanis was born in the former Soviet Union and lived there until his parents were granted political asylum in the United States. He holds a bachelor's dergee from Johns Hopkins, an M.F.A. from the UI, and a doctorate from the University of Houston. Currently an assistant professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University, he is coeditor of the anthology "Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century."

Reviewing "The Pictures," Olivia Cronk wrote in Bookslut, "Moments of profundity are tempered by an evenly handled attention to the landscape of the imagination. You can read this book in lazy stretches . . . or smartly consider it in a library window nook. This, I must tell you, is inherently fun to read."

Winter's poems have appeared in Free Verse, New American Writing, Ploughshares, the Paris Review, the Colorado Review, Volt, the Yale Review, the Canary, the Denver Quarterly, First Intensity, GutCult, TYPO and "New Young American Poets." He has published reviews in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday and BOMB, and he is a poetry editor of Fence.

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

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