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March 11, 2009

Poet Taggart, guest of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, reads March 26

Poet and critic John Taggart, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the UI Dey House.

Taggart, who grew up around the Midwest where his father was a Methodist minister, retired in 2001 from Pennsylvania's Shippensburg University, where he was director of the interdisciplinary arts program. For many years he was the editor of Maps, an influential letterpress literary journal. He was a student of UI alumnus and long-time faculty member Donald Justice, when Justice was on the faculty at Syracuse University.

Taggart is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently "Pastorelles" in 2004, as well as the critical volumes "Remaining in Light: Ant Meditations on a Painting by Edward Hopper" and "Songs of Degrees: Essays on Contemporary Poetry and Poetics."

At the time of his retirement, a tribute in FlashPoint e-zine asserted, "His verse shows the sincere attention paid to his craft for nearly 40 years, creating poetry with an equal mixture of shape, sound, and intellection.  While all poets work with these concepts, Taggart's poetry is shaped as sculpture on the page, is transmuted into sound structures by the voice, and throughout shows a process of searching and discovery. Time spent with Taggart's verse will reveal a poet of unique substance and style."

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

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