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Poet Judi Rypma reads from her recent works

March 4, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Judi A. Rypma, a member of the English faculty at Western Michigan University, will read from her two most-recently published chapbooks at 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower. A reception follows the reading. The program is free and open to the public.

Rypma is the winner of the ANP (All Nations Press) 2005 Chapbook Contest for her book "Rapunzel's Hair," and is author of the limited collector's edition chapbook "Mineral Treasures," recently released by Finishing Line Press. Her previous chapbook, "Holy Rocks," was also published by Finishing Line Press, in 2004.

"Like spring water becoming enhanced as it flows through earth and rock, dissolving salts, these poems [in 'Mineral Treasures'] both enrich us and slowly dissolve into us on their journey from Rypma's pen," writes poet Dan Sicoli. "Organic in approach, 'Mineral Treasures' is a thoughtful and personable collection, sturdy in its vision, as Rypma skillfully overlaps Mother Nature with human nature."

Rypma has published poems in more than 100 journals, most recently in Gargoyle, Florida Review, Nimrod, Pearl, The Atlanta Review, and The Amherst Review. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has won the Editor's Prize from The Chaffin Journal and received honorable mention in the Sulphur River Literary Review's Ocean Prize.

Rypma's teaching specialties include folklore, mythology and children's literature.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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