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Release: April 9, 1999
Pulitzer, National Book Award winner Ashbery reads
poetry at UI April 20
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award
winner John Ashbery will read from his new book of poems, "Girls on the Run,"
at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa
Main Library. Sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and
open to the public.
"No one writing in the English language is likelier than
Ashbery to survive the severe judgments of time . . . He is joining that American
sequence that includes Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens and Hart Crane," critic
Harold Bloom has written.
Paul Gray, writing in Time magazine, said "Ashbery's poems
do not evade the real; they deny it the power to prevent other realities from
And a Poetry magazine review speculated, "The chances
are very good that [Ashbery] will come to dominate the last third of this
century as Yeats dominated the first."
Ashbery is the author of 16 books of poetry, including
"Can You Hear, Bird" and "The Mooring of Starting Out." His "Self-Portrait
in a Convex Mirror" received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics
Circle Award and the National Book Award.
Ashbery now serves as the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor
of Languages and Literature at Bard College.
He has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, a MacArthur Fellow
and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 1995, he received the
Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost Medal, the highest honor awarded
by that institution.
Ashbery's UI visit is also supported by the Donald V.
Walz and Winifred E. Walz Distinguished Visitor Series.