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Release: March 27, 2002

Poets Stern and Macari will read at UI April 8

Poets Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari will read from their work at 8 p.m. Monday, April 8 in 100 Biology Building East on the University of Iowa campus. The free reading is presented by the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

National Book Award-winner Stern, who was on the workshop faculty for 14 years until his retirement in 1995, has a new volume out this spring, "American Sonnets: Poems."

Macari is author of "Ivory Cradle," the 2000 winner of the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals including Field, TriQuarterly, and the Ohio Review, and the anthology "Models of the Universe."

Robert Creeley, judge for the Honickman Prize, wrote, "The wonders here are those of perception, intuition, union, separation—and all the emotions these provoke. Anger, despair, but also joy, love in its flooding recognitions, relief in the world's insistent substance."

Poet Tom Lux wrote, "Anne Marie Macari's 'Ivory Cradle,' (what an apt and beautiful title!) announces a poet fully formed, fully mature, and wild to say things in ways they've never been said before. Rarely, very rarely, is a so-sane heart so beautifully articulated. This is not just an exceptional first book, it is a flat-out exceptional book, period "

New Jersey's first poet laureate, Stern only began to publish extensively in his middle and late 40s. His exuberant American voice has been compared to that of Walt Whitman.

His books of poetry include "Last Blue: Poems"; "This Time: New and Selected Poems," which won the National Book Award; "Odd Mercy"; "Bread Without Sugar," winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize; "Leaving Another Kingdom: Selected Poems "; "Two Long Poems"; "Lovesick"; "Paradise Poems"; "The Red Coal," which received the Melville Caine Award from the Poetry Society of America; "Lucky Life," the 1977 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and a nominee for a National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Rejoicings."

His other honors include the Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hokin Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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