WRITER: JENNY BURMAN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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,
Young has taught at the University of Wisconsin and Loyola University
of Chicago, where he was associate professor of English.