WRITER: JENNY BURMAN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Pulitzer Prize winning poet Richard Wilbur will read at UI Nov. 13
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard Wilbur, former poet laureate of the United
States and twice a Pulitzer Prize winner, will read from his work at 8
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Lecture Room I of Van Allen Hall on the campus
of the University of Iowa. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop,
is free and open to the public.
Renowned as a translator as well as a poet, Wilbur has emerged as one
of the preeminent men of letters of our time. The author is a World War
II veteran, who is known for poetry that emphasizes the beauty of order
and coherence in the natural world.
His poetry is characterized by a pervasive good humor and a sweetness
of spirit unusual among the major poets of our century. Librarian of Congress
Daniel J. Boorstin called Wilbur a "poet for all of us, whose elegant
words brim with wit and paradox."
His translations of Racine, Moliere and others, many of which are included
in his poetry collections, have won the Bollingen Prize, the PEN translation
prize and many other awards. Alan Shaw wrote in the Hudson Review, "Richard
Wilbur's translations of classic French drama are among the undiscovered
treasures of our recent literature."
Of Wilbur's "New and Collected Poems," Robert Richman wrote
in the New York Times Book Review: "If it were not for writers like
him, future students might wonder if there were no poets in the late 20th
century who championed beauty. . . . Fortunately we do have Richard Wilbur
and our age will be deemed better for it."
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Wilbur has won the National Book
Award for poetry. Among his numerous prizes and awards are the Los Angeles
Times book prize and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Memorial Award, and he
is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Wilbur's poems have appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation, the New
Republic, the Harvard Advocate, the Atlantic Monthly, the Georgia Review,
the Sewanee Review, the Virginia Quarterly, the Hudson Review, the Partisan
Review and many other publications.