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Digges and Monson open spring Frostic Reading Series

Jan. 3, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Authors Deborah Digges and Ander Monson open the spring Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University with a Thursday, Jan. 19, reading beginning at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free and open to the public.

Digges is the author of four books of poems. Her first book, "Vesper Sparrows," won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize from New York University. "Late in the Millennium" was published in 1989 and "Rough Music," which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize, was published in 1995. Her latest book of poems, "Trapeze," was published in 2004. Digges has written two memoirs, "Fugitive Spring" (1991) and "The Stardust Lounge" (2001). She has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. A Missouri native, Digges now resides in Massachusetts, where she is a professor of English at Tufts University.

Monson grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He lived briefly in Saudi Arabia, Iowa and in the American South, where he got an M.F.A. degree from the University of Alabama. He edits the magazine Diagram and the New Michigan Press, among other projects. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including the North American Review, Fence, Field, Gulf Coast, Bellingham Review, Ploughshares and others. Monson's poetry collection, "Vacationland," won the 2005 Tupelo Press Editors' Prize. He also has written a fiction collection, "Other Electricities." Monson teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Spring 2006 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Feb. 16, poet Nancy Eimers and novelist Robert Eversz
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.

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

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