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Release: April 14, 2000

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand returns to UI for April 26 reading

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand, an alumnus and former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 in Room 321 of the Chemistry Building on the UI campus.

His collection "The Blizzard of One" won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Responding to this collection, which has just come out in paperback, Deborah Garrison wrote in the New York Times Book Review, "There are a handful of contemporary poets whom we can consider only by gazing upward. . . . Mark Strand is undeniably one of these luminaries."

His most recent book is "Weather of Words: Poetic Invention," a collection of writings about art and poetry published in February by Knopf.

Strand has written 10 books of poems, which have brought him many honors and grants, including a MacArthur "genius grant" Fellowship. He is the author of a book of stories, as well as several volumes of translations, monographs on contemporary artists and books for children. He has also been the editor of several anthologies.

His other honors include the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Edgar Allen Poe Prize, and a Rockefeller Foundation award, as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

He teaches currently in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.