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Poet Mark Strand, former U.S. poet laureate, reads at UI Oct. 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa alumnus Mark Strand, former poet
laureate of the United States, will read from his new book of poetry, "Blizzard
of One," at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Room 101 of the UI Becker
Communications Studies Building. Sponsored by the Iowa Writers' Workshop
and the UI International Writing Program, the reading is free and open
to the public.
David Lehman of the Chicago Tribune says Strand "remains committed
to the task of negotiating, in verse, between desire and despair, possibility
Strand, who currently teaches in the Committee on Social Thought at
the University of Chicago, has published eight other books of poems, including
"Dark Harbor," "The Continuous Life," "Selected
Poems," "The Late Hour," "The Story of Our Lives"
and "Sleeping with One Eye Open."
His poetry has been widely anthologized, and he has also published a
collection of short stories, "Mr. and Mrs. Baby." Among his many
honors are fellowships from the Ingram Merrill, Rockefeller and Guggenheim
foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1991 he was chosen by the Library of Congress to be poet laureate.