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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. . ."