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Award-winning UI poet Bell reads June 11 in Summer Writing Festival

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Award-winning poet and University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Marvin Bell will lead off the Iowa Summer Writing Festival's annual series of readings when he reads from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.

Bell, who is teaching workshops on poetry in the Summer Writing Festival, will read in Shambaugh Auditorium of the Main Library on the UI campus.

The reading is free and open to the public. A series of seven readings have been scheduled throughout the Summer Writing Festival.

A faculty member in the Writers' Workshop since 1965, Bell is the author of 13 books of poetry and essays. His most recent collections of poetry are "The Book of the Dead Man" and "A Marvin Bell Reader."

Bell, who holds a master of fine arts degree from the Writers' Workshop, received a 1994 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and letters, one of the nation's highest honors in architecture, art, literature and music. He also has won awards from the Academy of American Poets as well as fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, American Poetry Review and Poetry magazine.

Bell is teaching two workshops on advanced poetry June 8-13 and June 14-15.

The Festival, which has grown from nine classes in 1987 to 128 workshops this year, annually attracts more than 1,000 people from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Participants take weekend and week-long classes under the direction of established writers, learning to hone their skills and explore new ideas in writing.

Nationally known authors, including many with UI and Iowa connections, are featured among the program's 62 teachers.

Registration and fees are required to participate in writing workshops. For more information about registering, call (319) 335-2534. Information is also available at the program's world wide web site,