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Four poets present readings Sept. 28

Sept. 21, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Four poets recently published by the New Issues Press will present readings from their work Thursday, Sept. 28, at Western Michigan University.

Joseph Featherstone, Josie Kearns, Phillip Sterling and Robert VanderMolen will read from their work at 8:30 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. A reception will follow and books by the poets will be available for sale by New Issues Press. The reading is sponsored by the Department of English and is free and open to the public.

Featherstone is the author of "Brace's Cove." His poems and articles have appeared in such publications as The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Green Mountains Review, Ploughshares, Many Mountains Moving, and The Burning Tree. A former editor of The New Republic, he has taught at Harvard and Brown Universities, and lives in Gloucester, Mass., and East Lansing, Mich.

Kearns is the author of the nonfiction book "Life After the Line" and a poetry collection, "New Numbers." Her poems have appeared in such literary journals as the Georgia Review, the Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest and Passages Northwest, and her work as been widely anthologized elsewhere. She has received grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Cowden Fellowship, and she was awarded the MacLeod-Grobe Prize from Poetry Northwest. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Michigan.

Sterling, the author of "Mutual Shores," has had his work appear in The Paris Review, the Kenyon Review, the Georgia Review, Western Humanities Review and The Writers' Chronicle. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and two Senior Fulbright Lectureships to Belgium and Poland. He currently lives in Big Rapids, Mich., where he teaches at Ferris State University.

VanderMolen is the author of four books of poetry, "Peaches," "Circumstances," "The Pavillion" and "Breath." His work has been published in such periodicals as Caliban, the Cincinnati Poetry Review, Epoch, Grand Street, Parnassus and Sulfur. A resident of Grand Rapids, Mich., VanderMolen travels four times a year to a cabin in the Upper Peninsula for extended stays.

For more information, contact Julie Stotz-Ghosh at (616) 373-9212 or <x92stotz@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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