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English professor to appear on Michael Feldman's 'Whad'Ya Know?'

RELEASED: March 16, 2010

Jon Loomis
(Photo by Allyson Loomis)

EAU CLAIRE — Jon Loomis, assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is scheduled to appear on the live broadcast of Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know?" March 20 at the State Theatre in downtown Eau Claire. "Whad'Ya Know?" is a production of Wisconsin Public Radio and is distributed by Public Radio International.

"I really don't know how they decided to get in touch with me but the producer e-mailed me at my UW-Eau Claire e-mail address," Loomis said. "I think the show's very funny. Michael Feldman's extremely quick, and the quiz is always fun."

The show's producer conducted a pre-show interview with Loomis, at which time they discussed Loomis' books and his move from Cape Cod, Mass., to Eau Claire.

"I'm not sure what we'll talk about but ultimately I expect that Michael will lead the conversation wherever he wants it to go."

Loomis writes mystery novels set in Provincetown, Mass., where he lived and taught for about eight years. "High Season" was published in 2007 and "Mating Season" was published in 2009.

"The book I'm currently working on is 'Fire Season.' It's loosely based on a real-life series of arson fires in and around Provincetown, Mass., that remain unsolved," said Loomis. The book is due out in 2012.

Loomis has also published two volumes of poetry: "Vanitas Motel" (1998) and "The Pleasure Principle" (2001). Both were published by Oberlin College Press and are available through Amazon.com.

For more information, contact Jon Loomis at 715-836-2322 or loomisjr@uwec.edu.

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