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Mary Ruefle and Jane Brox give readings Thursday

March 28, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Poet Mary Ruefle and author Jane Brox will read from their works in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University, Thursday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free of charge and open to the public.

Mary Ruefle is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently, "Tristimania," from Carnegie Mellon Press. She is a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the author of "Among The Musk Ox People." Her other books include "Apparition Hill" (CavanKerry Press, 2001); "Post Meridian" (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000); "Cold Pluto" (1996); "The Adamant" (1989), winner of the 1988 Iowa Poetry Prize; "Life Without Speaking" (1987); and "Memling's Veil" (1982). She has been widely published in literary journals and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Whiting Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She lives in Vermont and is a professor at Vermont College.

Jane Brox is the author of "Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm," published by North Point Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2004. Her second book, "Five Thousand Days Like This One," was a 1999 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction, and her first, "Here and Nowhere Else," won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Her essays have appeared in The Georgia Review and other journals and magazines, and have been selected for inclusion in many anthologies, including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She teaches nonfiction writing at Lesley College.

Future Gwen Frostic readings

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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