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Lauded poet and editor to present poetry reading in Cowles Library

February 24, 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834,

Drake University's Writers and Critics series will present a poetry reading by lauded poet and editor Deborah Ager on Wednesday, March 3.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave., will feature:

Ager will read poems from her book titled "Midnight Voices" and meet with Drake students during her visit to discuss poetry, editing and publishing.

She has published works in Best New Poets 2006, The Bloomsbury Review, New England Review, The Georgia Review, Quarterly West and New South.


As the founding editor of 32 Poems Magazine, Ager has published many poems that have gone on to appear in "Best American Poetry" and "Best New Poets" anthologies and on Verse Daily and Poetry Daily.

She also co-directs the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series, the oldest summer reading series in Washington, D.C.

Ager has received fellowships from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She also received a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship to the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

The Writers and Critics Series, which is sponsored by Drake's English Department and its Center for the Humanities, will continue through the spring.

The next event will feature poets Steve Langan and Catie Rosemurgy on Tuesday, March 23. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room.

A complete list of upcoming events in the series is available online.

For more information, contact Jennifer Perrine at 515-271-4161 or