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Sept. 23, 2010

At A Glance

Manchester girl is Kid Captain for Hawks' game Sept. 25

Maleah McCool, 14, daughter of Tami and William McCool of Manchester, Iowa, will serve as Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes' football game against Ball State University Sept. 25 in Iowa City.

Two years ago, Maleah was air-lifted to University of Iowa Children's Hospital, close to death from injuries caused by a car crash. She had head and brain injuries, a ruptured bowel, lung damage and numerous broken bones, including almost every bone in her face. One kidney was so badly damaged in the accident it had to be removed. Today, Maleah is a ninth-grader at West Delaware High School. She's doing well in school, writes poetry and music, and wants to be a vet when she grows up. More information and a video about Maleah are available at

Now in its second year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and receive a commemorative jersey.


The New York School of poets is the subject of new UI Press book

Urban Pastoral: Natural Currents in the New York School," by Timothy Gray will be available Oct. 1 from the University of Iowa Press.

Gray urges readers to reconsider our long-held appraisals of the New York School as celebrants of cosmopolitan culture and to think of their more pastoral impulses. Along with the poets whose careers he chronicles, Gray shows readers that startlingly new approaches to New York City art and literature emerge when natural and artificial elements collide.

The New York School poets have become a staple of poetics, literary criticism and biography, cultural studies and art criticism, but "Urban Pastoral" is the first study to offer sustained discussion of the pastoral and natural imagery within the work of these renowned “city poets.”

Gray is a professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


Osher Institute Taste of Iowa trip to West Liberty is Oct. 1

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa is offering a day trip to West Liberty on Friday, Oct. 1, to learn about the city's history and culture and to dine at the Century Grille.

The trip will depart at 9:30 a.m. from City Park in Iowa City, returning at 4:30 p.m., and includes a presentation in a 100-year-old renovated theater, a guided tour of the city by local historians, lunch at Century Grille and a special performance at the renowned Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company, Iowa's only professional puppet company.

The course fee, which includes lunch, transportation and tour, is $40 for Osher Institute members and $55 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Durst at 319-384-4221 or


UI Writing University website will stream Cotter/Golaski reading Oct. 7

Fiction writers John Cotter and Adam Golaski will present a free "Live from Prairie Lights" reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website --

Cotter will read from "Under the Small Lights," his novel about lost 20-somethings, aimless lust and the state of art.

Golaski's "Color Plates," is a quirky "museum" of 63 little stories inspired by the paintings of Eduoard Manet, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Mary Cassatt.

Cotter is a founding editor of the online magazine Open Letters Monthly. Visit his website at

Golaski, the author of "Worse Than Myself," is a founder of Flim Forum, a press publishing books of contemporary experimental poetry, and the editor of New Genre (, a literary journal for new and experimental horror and science fiction.


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