WRITER: JENNY BURMAN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Jamaica Kincaid will read at UI Oct. 27
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Novelist, short-story writer and nonfiction writer
Jamaica Kincaid will read from her work at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in
Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration
The free reading, sponsored by Prairie Lights Books and the UI Writers'
Workshop, will also be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights"
series originating on WSUI, AM 910.
Born in St. John's, Antigua, West Indies, Kincaid has earned a place
as one of this country's leading literary voices. She is now a resident
of Vermont and New York City.
Kincaid is known for employing a highly poetic literary style celebrated
for its rhythms, imagery, characterization and elliptic narration. Her
work also is known for its singular power, as represented by the line,
"I wish I could love someone so much I could die from it."
Doris Grumbach, writing in the Washington Post Book World, proclaimed,
"With Jamaica Kincaid we have acquired a poet of girlhood and place
. . . exhilarating to read and impossible to forget."
Michiko Kakutani, reviewing "A Small Place" for the New York
Times, wrote: "Jamaica Kincaid writes with passion and conviction,
and she also writes with a musical sense of language, a poet's understanding
of how politics and history, private and public events, overlap and blur."
Pamela Marsh of the Christian Science Monitor offered: "Jamaica
Kincaid uses the English language as if she just invented it. Everything
she writes about her childhood in Antigua has a new-minted ring to it."
Kincaid is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and she is the author
of three novels, two collections of short stories and a memoir.