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April 27, 2009

UI Writers' Workshop poet James Galvin reads May 7

Poet James Galvin, a permanent faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will anticipate the publication of his new collection, "As Is," in a free, public event at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Lecture Room 2 of UI Van Allen Hall.

A preview from the Academy of American Poets states, "In his new collection, 'As Is,' the scope of Galvin's signature poems of the American West is extended to the world at large. Skillfully making use of contemporary language, Galvin's deft poetic syntax considers the plight of modern existence, and recasts its failings as vehicles that gesture toward perfection."

A review of his work in The Nation observed, "James Galvin has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry."

Galvin, winner of a 2003 Lannan Foundation Award, has written several volumes of poems, many of which were collected in "Resurrection Update." He is also the author of "The Meadow," an acclaimed memoir/history of the terrain and people of a high-mountain meadow in southern Wyoming near his home above Tie Siding, and the novel "Fencing the Sky."

His honors include a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His second book, "God's Mistress," was a National Poetry Series Selection.

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

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