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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 and fulfillment."

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.