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Frostic Reading Series concludes Thursday

April 9, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The 2005-06 Gwen Frostic Reading Series concludes with readings by poets Peter Covino and Paula McLain at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free of charge and open to the public.

Peter Covino was born in Italy and educated there and in the United States. He earned a master's degree from Columbia School of Social Work and is a Steffensen Cannon Fellow in the Ph.D. program in English/creative writing at the University of Utah. Covino is the author of "Cut Off the Ears of Winter" and "Straight Boyfriend," winner of the 2001 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Columbia, The Journal, The Paris Review, Verse, and The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing. He is one of the founding editors of Barrow Street and Barrow Street Press.

Paula McLain received an MFA degree in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996. Since then, she has been a work-study scholar at Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, a resident at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation, and a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her most recent collection, "Stumble, Gorgeous," was published by WMU's New Issues Press in 2005. Her first book of poetry, "Less of Her," won a publication grant from the Greenwall Fund of the Academy of American Poets. Individual poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and in the anthology "American Poetry: The Next Generation." Little, Brown and Co. published her memoir, "Like Family: Growing Up In Other People's Houses," in 2003. She teaches poetry at New England College.

The Little Theatre 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.

The Frostic Reading Series will resume in September, and the fall schedule of readings will be announced in August. For more information about the 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.

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

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