WRITER: KEITH VEZEAU
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 24, 1999
Poet Donald Justice reads at Shambaugh Auditorium of
UI Library Oct. 5
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Poet Donald Justice, a graduate
and former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will
give a reading of his work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in the Shambaugh Auditorium
of the University of UI Main Library. Sponsored by the Writers' Workshop,
the reading is free and open to the public.
Justice's books include "New and Selected Poems" (Alfred
A.Knopf, 1995); "A Donald Justice Reader" (1991); "The Sunset Maker" (1987),
a collection of poems, stories and a memoir; "Selected Poems" (1979), for
which he won the Pulitzer Prize; "Departures" (1973); "Night Light" (1967);
and "The Summer Anniversaries" (1959), which was the Academy of American Poets'
Lamont Poetry Selection.
He has held teaching positions at Syracuse University,
the University of California at Irvine, Princeton University, the University
of Virginia, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. Following his retirement
from Florida, he chose to make Iowa City once again his home.
Justice won the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1991
and has received grants in poetry from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller
Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts. He was elected a chancellor
of the Academy of American Poets in 1997.
Commenting on Justice's "New and Selected Poems,"
The New York Review of Books critique concluded, "Justice is a poet little
bound up in flux and process. The creatures in his poems are rarely caught
on the run, or on the wing; his automobiles and trains are likely to be traveling
leisurely, if not halted altogether. He is a poet not of lightning stroke
but of the long reverberations after the thunder rumbles in."
Anthony Hecht called Justice "among other things,
the supreme heir of Wallace Stevens. He is one of our finest poets." And John
Irving wrote that Justice, "has always demonstrated that the highest purpose
of literature is to illuminate those things which are hard, disturbing, painful,
moving. . ."