WRITER: JEREMY KRYT
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: March 12, 1999
Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Justice presents poetry reading March
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize winning poet Donald Justice will give
a reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in Lecture Room II of Van Allen
Hall. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, the reading
is free and open to the public.
Justice was for many years a faculty member of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
He returned to Iowa City to live in 1992 after retiring from the faculty
at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Writing in The New Yorker, poet Mark Strand commented that Justice's
poetry "engages us on a level more profound than the one we usually
find ourselves on . . . Memory and rapture are so closely intertwined that
they become a single gesture of sustained regard."
Novelist and Writers' Workshop alumnus John Irving wrote, "Donald
Justice has always demonstrated that the highest purpose of literature
is to illuminate those things which are hard, disturbing, painful, moving,
and repeat themselves -- not to obscure them."
"He is one of our finest poets," said Anthony Hecht.
Justice is the author of eight books of poetry. He won the Pulitzer
Prize for poetry in 1980 for "Selected Poems." Other awards include
the Bollingen prize in Poetry, the Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry, and
grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the
Arts (NEA). Justice is a member of the American Academy of Art and Letters.
His most recent book is "Oblivion: On Writing and Writers."
Justice's other books include "New and Selected Poems" (1995);
"A Donald Justice Reader" (1991); "The Sunset Maker"
(1987), a collection of poems, stories and a memoir; "Departures"
(1973); "Night Light" (1967); and "The Summer Anniversaries"
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