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Jan. 28, 2009

Andrew Porter's Feb. 10 reading will be streamed live by UI Writing University

Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Andrew Porter, whose "Theory of Light and Matter" was the winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The "Live from Prairie Lights" series event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site,

Calling the book a "luminous collection," a review in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in O'Connor's home state asserted, "Porter's use of poetic yet plainspoken language and his thoughtful consideration of the fractured American family place his writing in direct dialogue with the work of John Cheever and Raymond Carver. But Porter is no mere student of these masters. . . Porter's 'The Theory of Light and Matter' is a memorable debut that honors the history of the short story form while blazing a new trajectory all its own."

Kevin Brockmeier, author of "The View from the Seventh Layer," wrote: "If you are anything like me, you will read Andrew Porter's 'The Theory of Light and Matter' with the same feeling of simple gratitude that the first readers of Richard Ford's 'Rock Springs' must have experienced 20 years ago: Here, you will think, is a true master of the short story, a writer of honesty and plainspoken poetry who knows the human soul in all its light and shadow and harnesses every sentence to the purpose of revealing it."

Porter is now a faculty member in English at creative writing at Trinity University in San Antonio. He was the recipient of a W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, a Helene Wurlitzer Fellowship and a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship at the UI from the James Michener/Copernicus Society of America. His award-winning fiction has appeared in One Story, Epoch, "The Pushcart Prize Anthology" and on NPR's "Selected Shorts."

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

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