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Oct. 12, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate to read Oct. 21 at UI

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be reading from a selection of his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 in the University of Iowa's Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room II.

Every year the Iowa Writers' Workshop invites many well-known writers and poets to campus for guest readings and seminars. This year, Tate was a popular choice among students in the program, said Connie Brothers of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Tate, a Kansas City native, won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and the William Carlos Williams Award for Selected Poems, as well as a National Book Award for "Worshipful Company of Fletchers." His first collection of poems, "The Lost Pilot" (1967), was selected by Dudley Fitts for the Yale Series of Younger Poets while Tate was still a student at the Writers' Workshop. Fitts praised Tate's writing for its "natural grace."

Tate currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, and has taught at several institutions including the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, and Emerson College.

He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including "Return to the City of White Donkeys," "Memoir of the Hawk," and "Shroud of the Gnome." Tate has published two books of prose as well, "Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee" and "The Route as Briefed."

He has received several awards, including a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2001, Tate was elected as chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Writing in the New York Times, poet John Ashbery wrote, "Tate is the poet of possibilities, of morph, of surprising consequences, lovely or disastrous, and these phenomena exist everywhere... I return to Tate's books more often perhaps than to any others when I want to be reminded afresh of the possibilities of poetry."

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