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Sept. 24, 2007

Hoagland opens 2007-08 Writers' Workshop lecture series

Visiting faculty member Tony Hoagland will open the 2007-08 Writers' Workshop Lecture Series with "Slash Slash, Kiss Kiss: Some Versions and Examples of Juxtaposition in Contemporary Poems" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Schaeffer Library and Archives. The event is free and open to the public.

Hoagland's most recent work is the chapbook "Hard Rain." His other collections of poetry include "What Narcissism Means to Me," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Donkey Gospel," which received the James Laughlin Award; and "Sweet Ruin," winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Zacharis Award.

His other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the O.B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Poetry Foundation's Mark Twain Award in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry.

His poems and critical writings have appeared in publications including Ploughshares, Agni, the Threepenny Review, the Gettysburg Review, the American Poetry Review, the Harvard Review and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

Stephen Young of the Poetry Foundation wrote: "There is nothing escapist or diversionary about Tony Hoagland's poetry. Here's misery, death, envy, hypocrisy, and vanity. But the still sad music of humanity is played with such a light touch on an instrument so sympathetically tuned that one can't help but laugh. Wit and morality rarely consort these days; it's good to see them happily, often hilariously reunited in the winner's poetry."

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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