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Release: Sept. 19, 2002
Poet Swensen Gives Free Reading Sept. 24 On UI Campus
Cole Swensen, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers
Workshop, will give a free reading at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Lecture Room
2 of Van Allen Hall.
Swensen, who until recently directed the creative writing program at the
University of Denver, is both a poet and a translator of contemporary French
Her recent work includes Such Rich Hour (University of Iowa Press,
2001); Oh (2000); and "Try," published by the UI Press
in 1999 as the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. The volume won the Poetry
Center Book Award, presented annually to an outstanding book of poetry published
in the previous year. She won the National Poetry Series award in 1987 for
New Math and the 1995 New American Poetry Series Award for Noon.
Her published translations include "Natural Gaits" by Pierre Alferi,
Art Poetic by Olivier Cadiot and Pascalle Monniers Bayart:
Poet Forrest Gander wrote, Quite honestly, I think Cole Swensen is
a genius and her work, among that of my immediate contemporaries, is absolutely
vital to me. Swensen often sustains and develops in her poems a major tone,
a delicate meditative aura with subtle modulations. The inherent radiance
of Try lights up not only the paintings which are the poems
ostensible subject material but layers of perception.
Learn more about Swenson at http://www.du.edu/~cswensen/background.html.
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