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UI Writers' Workshop visiting faculty poets Hejinian and Phillips will read Nov. 3

IOWA CITY, IOWA -- Poets Carl Phillips and Lyn Hejinian, visiting faculty members in the UI Writers' Workshop this semester, will read from their work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. Sponsored by the Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to the public.

J.D. McClatchy writes of Phillips' latest book, "From the Devotions," "Carl Phillips has done what few of his contemporaries have dared or managed with as much elegant authority. History is held and pondered. Violence shimmers, desires are silhouetted against the light of love and death. His tone is at once erotic and mystical, hushed and compelling."

Phillips is the author of two other books of poetry: "In the Blood," which won the Morse Poetry Prize, and "Cortege," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Hejinian is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including "A Mask of Motion," "Writing is an Aid to Memory," "My Life," "The Cell" and "The Cold of Poetry." She has also published "Description" and "Xenia," two volumes of her translations from the work of the contemporary Russian poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko.

She is the recipient of a Writing Fellowship from the California Arts Council and a Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was also awarded Leningrad's E-Award for Independent Literature in 1989.

Hejinian is the co-editor and publisher, with Barrett Watten, of Poetics Journal. She is a member of the Poetics Faculty at New College of California and a lecturer in the University of California-Berkeley's department of English.