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Katrovas kicks off new Frostic Reading Series

Jan. 12, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The spring Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University kicks off with a presentation by WMU's Richard Katrovas.

Katrovas, creative writing and academic director of the Prague Summer Program, will read from his new poetry collection, "Prague Winter," at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower. The event is free and open to the public.

"Prague Winter" is Katrovas' ninth book and sixth poetry collection. His poems, stories, reviews and essays have appeared in many leading literary magazines, journals and anthologies. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship allowing him to witness the 1989 Velvet Revolution in Prague.

Katrovas and his Czech wife, Dominika Winterova, and their two Czech-American daughters, maintain residences in Prague and Kalamazoo. "Prague Winter" chronicles more than a decade of change in one of Europe's most beautiful and historically important cities.

Other readings in the spring Frostic series will be held in the Little Theatre at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre. All readings are free and open to the public.

John Dufresne, novelist
Thursday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

Steve Feffer, playwright
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.

Major Jackson, poet
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.

Naeem Murr, novelist
Thursday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m.

Eileen Pollack, novelist
Monday, March 15, 8 p.m.

The Gwen Frostic Reading Series is sponsored by the WMU Department of English and University Roadhouse. For more information about the Frostic Reading Series, contact English department Chair Arnie Johnston at <arnie.johnston@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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