WRITER: ALEX CAREY
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Release: Feb. 2, 2001
Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell Will Read Feb. 12
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Writers
Workshop faculty member Marvin Bell, the State of Iowas first poet laureate,
will read from "Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000" at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb.
12 in Room 101, Biology Building East on the UI campus. The reading, part
of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station
WSUI, 910 AM, is free and open to the public.
Bell, who has been called "a maverick" and
"an insider who thinks like an outsider," is the author of 17 books
of poetry and essays. Of Bells newest collection Judith Kitchen says,
"Bell has redefined poetry as it is practiced today." According
to the Harvard Review, "Its tough to come away from ("Nightworks")
not believing that Bell has the largest heart since Walt Whitman."
Bell has received the Lamont Award from the Academy
of American Poets, the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts
and Letters, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and
Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.
"Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See"
was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1977. In March 2000 Iowa Gov.
Tom Vilsack named Bell the states first poet laureate.
The Flannery OConner Professor of Letters, Bell
is a longtime member of the Writers Workshop faculty. He has also taught
at Goddard College and the Universities of Hawaii and Washington. His former
students include Rita Dove, James Tate, Jorie Graham, John Irving and current
workshop faculty member James Galvin.
Bell has been invited to read his poetry at the White
House, the Guggenheim Museum, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Library
of Congress. A graduate of the Writers Workshop, he also holds a bachelors
degree from Alfred University and a masters degree from the University