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Release: April 2, 1999

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass reads at the UI April 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass will present a reading at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. Sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to the public.

"No practicing poet has more talent than Robert Hass," the Atlantic Monthly proclaims.

Hass is the author of four books of poetry, "Sun Under Wood," "Human Wishes," "Praise," "Field Guide," and a collection of essays, "Twentieth Century Pleasures," which received the National book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 1984.

The Los Angeles Times says Hass' latest book, "Sun Under Wood," ". . . is a book to be re-read, always with the lucky sense of walking through a meadow with a friend, deep in the best kind of exchange."

Hass has also received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the "genius grant." He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. He teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.

Hass was a visiting faculty member in the UI Writer's Workshop when he was selected as Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress