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Jan. 30, 2004

Award Winning Author to Read at UW-River Falls

Award wining poet Betsy Brown will read from her works on Feb. 13 at UW-River Falls.

The reading will be at 3 p.m. in the Davee Library breezeway. The event is free and open to the public.

Brown of Minneapolis is originally from Oshkosh, Wis. She received a degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona in 1984. Her poetry has been published in publications such as American Poetry Review, Seneca Review and others. Brown's first book, "Year of Morphines," was named winner of the 2001 National Poetry Society Series.

Year of Morphines will be the selected book to be discussed at the UW-RF reading.

"The book is about violence and complicated loss and one of the bravest books I've ever read," wrote reviewer George Garrett of the National Poetry Series. The book describes Brown loosing both her sister and mother to breast cancer and then her father to pancreatic cancer.

"There is no disguising the speaker is a poet, and these intimate poems rescue terror and death by the sheer beauty of language," wrote Denise Duhamel, The Painted Bride Quarterly.

For more information contact Professor Jenny Brantley at 715/425-3173.


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