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New Issues poets offer readings at Little Theatre

Feb. 13, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Poets David Keplinger and Heather Sellers, both with recent collections published by Western Michigan University's New Issues Press offer readings in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are open to the public free of charge.

David Keplinger's third volume of poetry, "The Prayers of Others," was published by New Issues Press in 2006 and won the Colorado Book Award. New Issues also published his volume "The Clearing" (2005) and his translations of the Danish poet Rene Carsten Nielsen, "The World Cut Out With Crooked Scissors" (2007).

Keplinger was been awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize for his collection "The Rose Inside" (1999), as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Katey Lehman Foundation. His poems appear in Ploughshares, AGNI, Poetry, the Iowa Review, the Gettysburg Review and many other journals. Keplinger teaches at American University.

Heather Sellers is the author of three volumes of poetry including "The Boys I Borrow" (New Issues, 2007), "Drinking Girls and Their Dresses" (2002), and the chapbook "Your Whole Life." She is also the author of the short story collection "Georgia Under Water" (2001), a children's book, and a series of books on the practice of writing.

Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for fiction, Sellers is a professor at Hope College. Her memoir in progress, "Face First," describes life with prosopagnosia.

Spring 2008 Frostic Reading Series

Monday, Feb. 18, poet Carl Phillips
Thursday, Feb. 21, poets David Keplinger and Heather Sellers
Monday, Feb. 25, playwright Lisa Kron at Epic Center Theatre*
Monday, March 17, novelist Kellie Wells
Thursday, April 17, novelist Paula Nangle and poet and essayist John Rybicki

*Due to a schedule conflict, the date and location of Lisa Kron's reading was changed to Monday, Feb. 25, at the Epic Center Theatre, 359 S.Kalamazoo Mall.

All readings are 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 Elizabeth Marzoni at elizabeth.s.marzoni@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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