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Lia Purpura is next in Frostic Reading Series

March 19, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Poet and essayist Lia Purpura will read from her work as part of the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. All readings in the series are open to the public free of charge.

Lia Purpura was awarded a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose. Her collection of essays, "Increase," won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2000. Her collection of poems, "Stone Sky Lifting," won the Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award and also was published in 2000.

Purpura is also the author of "The Brighter the Veil," winner of the Towson University Prize in Literature, and "Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch" and "Taste of Ash," translated on a Fulbright year in Poland.

A writer-in-residence at Loyola College in Baltimore, Purpura also teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency master's degree program in Tacoma, Wash. Her essay "Autopsy Report" was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays: 2004, and "Glaciology" was awarded a 2005 Pushcart Prize.

Spring 2007 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Jan. 24, novelist Joanna Scott
Jan. 31, poet David Rivard
Feb. 28, novelist Bryan Charles
March 28, poet and essayist Lia Purpura
April 4, poet and novelist Richard Katrovas
April 11, "The Art of the One-Act" various playwrights

All readings are Wednesdays 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.

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

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