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UI faculty poet James Galvin will read from his work April 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James Galvin, one of America's premier voices in poetry, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. The reading, sponsored by Prairie Lights Bookstore and the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

A faculty member in the UI Writers' Workshop, Galvin will read from his new book, "Resurrection Update: New and Collected Poems." He is the author of books that include the prose masterpiece "The Meadow" and the poetry collections "Lethal Frequencies," "Elements," "God's Mistress" and "Imaginary Timber."

His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation, the Georgia Review, the Atlantic, Antaeus, the Paris Review, the Iowa Review, the Antioch Review, New England Review and other periodicals.

Galvin's poems have been extensively anthologized as well, in collections including "Poetry of the American West," "The Pushcart Prize Anthology," the "Academy of American Poets Anthology" and the Paris Review: Fortieth Anniversary Issue.

The Nation says of his work: "Galvin's style is characterized by the strikingly direct statement, often at the beginning or toward the end of a poem, the literary equivalent of the preemptive strike. He has a voice and a world, perhaps the two most difficult things to achieve in poetry."

Galvin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation grant, the Ingram-Merrill grant, the Academy of American Poets Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation grant, Esquire magazine's list of outstanding Americans under 40 (1984) and the Nation/Discovery Award.