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Eimers and Eversz give next Frostic readings

Feb. 2, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Poet Nancy Eimers, a member of the English faculty at Western Michigan University and novelist Robert Eversz, an artist in residence at WMU for 2005-06, present readings from their works in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free of charge and open to the public.

Nancy Eimers will be reading from her newly published collection of 38 poems, "A Grammar to Waking." She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, "Destroying Angel" (1991) and "No Moon" (1997), which was chosen by Ellen Bryant Voigt as winner of the Verna Emery Prize.

Eimers has been the recipient of a Nation "Discovery" award, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing fellowships and a 1998 Whiting Writers Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry By American Women, Best American Poetry 1996, Poets of the New Century, The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Field and Poetry Northwest.

Robert Eversz is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and a UCLA Film School dropout. He pounded the pavements of Hollywood for a decade before fleeing to Europe to write his four novels about Nina Zero and the American obsession with celebrity culture: "Shooting Elvis," "Killing Paparazzi," "Burning Garbo," and "Digging James Dean." His newest novel, "Zero to the Bone," is due out this month from Simon & Schuster.

One of the leading literary voices in Prague, the setting for his novel "Gypsy Hearts," he helped found the Prague Summer Writers' Workshop--now the WMU Prague Summer Program--where he continues to serve on the faculty. His novels are widely translated and have appeared on critical best-of-year lists ranging from Oslo's Aftenposten to the Washington Post.

Future Gwen Frostic readings

March 23, playwright Lisa Dillman
March 30, poet Mary Ruefle and author Jane Brox
April 13, poets Peter Covino and Paula McLain

All readings are Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at arnie.johnston@wmich.edu. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

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