FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: January 17, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

Poetry reading scheduled at UIS

SPRINGFIELD - A poetry reading by Catherine Rosemurgy, professor of English at Northwest Missouri State University, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 7, in the Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  A reception will immediately follow in the gallery. Both the reading and reception are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the UIS English program and Writers’ Repertory group.

Rosemurgy will read from her newly published book of poetry, My Favorite Apocalypse.  A lively, outspoken debut poet, Rosemurgy is as inspired by Yeats as she is by Mick Jagger.  "Everything in my life led up/to my inappropriate laughter,"she writes in one of her poems.  Publisher’s notes from Graywolf Press cite her "deep sense of irony and sharp-edged wit," revealing why the "cruelties of relationships, inevitable bad luck, and soul-searching rock ‘n’ roll deserve our cynicism as well as our reverence."  She is a co-editor of the Laurel Review and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry 1997, Poetry Northwest, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Ploughshares, among other magazines and anthologies.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus.  For more information, contact Stacey Laatsch at (217) 206-7459.