WRITER: JEREMY KRYT
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky reads at University of Iowa Sept.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, a professor in
the graduate writing program at Boston University, will read from his poetry
at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University
of Iowa Main Library. Sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop and the International
Writing Program, the reading is free and open to the public.
Pinsky, author of "The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems,
1966-1996," was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold
Morton Landon Translation Award for "The Inferno of Dante" in
1995. The San Francisco Chronicle described the title poem of "The
Figured Wheel" as "a mad, brilliant vortex that draws into itself
gods, men, art, rags and bones, atoms and dust . . . breathtaking."
In summarizing his work Pinsky says, "I've struggled to understand
history not as the long-ago doings of kings and powerful people but as
a kind of force, visible and sometimes subterranean, in everything people
Pinsky's appointment as Poet Laureate was a decision favored by his
colleagues. "It's one of the most intelligent artistic, literary,
public choices that I know of," said poet Lloyd Schwartz, director
of the creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston,
"I can't think of anyone who is better prepared, who would be a more
articulate spokesperson for poetry and for art and for humanity."
Among other honors, Pinsky has been awarded the Saxifrage Prize and
the William Carlos William Prize, and his volumes of poetry include "Sadness
and Happiness," "An Explanation of America" "History
of my Heart" and "The Want Bone."