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Poet Dean Young, Writers' Workshop visiting faculty member, will give reading Feb. 25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Poet Dean Young, an original voice in American letters, will read from his work at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25 in Room 321 of the Chemistry Building on the campus of the University of Iowa. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Young is currently a visiting faculty member in the poetry division of the Writers' Workshop. He has been described as one of the standard bearers of modern surrealism and is the author of three collections of poetry: "Design With X," "Beloved Infidel" and his most recent, "Strike Anywhere," which won the Colorado Prize for Poetry.

Poet Charles Simic writes of Young's poetry: "Although his work comes out of the poetries of John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara and James Tate, Young has his own original voice. The language, the invention, the imagination and the sheer fun of his poems is astounding. It's not all dazzle, either. The poems are also moving. This man reminds us that there is nothing more serious than a joke."

Don Revell writes of "Strike Anywhere": "In this, the most beautiful of his three collections, Dean Young enlarges the project of North American Surrealism, gifting it with an entirely new intimacy and equally new range. His voice is sharply tender and mercifully unforgetful."

Young's work has been anthologized in "Best American Poetry," 1993 and 1994; "New American Poets of the '90s"; and the "Pushcart Prize XXI: Best of the Small Presses," 1996.

His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, the Three Penny Review, Crazy Horse, the American Poetry Review, the Gettysburg Review, Ironwood, the Denver Quarterly, Sulfur, the Antioch Review, the Indiana Review, Poetry, New American Writing, the Ohio Review and other periodicals.

His prizes and awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1988 and 1996), the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University and a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, R.I..

Young has taught at the University of Wisconsin and Loyola University of Chicago, where he was associate professor of English.