CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 22, 2000
Reading by Joy Williams, Susan Wheeler, Simon Armitage will be March 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writer Joy Williams and poets Susan Wheeler and
Simon Armitage will read at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 at Shambaugh Auditorium
on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. All three readers are currently
visiting professors with the UI Writers' Workshop. Their reading is free and
open to the public.
Joy Williams, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, is the author of four
novels: the National Book Award-nominated "State of Grace," "The
Changeling," "Breaking and Entering," and the forthcoming "The
Quick and the Dead." She has also written two collections of short stories.
Her stories, essays and articles have been published in a number of magazines
and journals, including Esquire, the Paris Review and The New Yorker. Her
creative nonfiction has appeared in many writing anthologies. She has a special
interest in environmental issues.
Williams has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the
National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught writing at the graduate and
undergraduate level at universities around the country.
Wheeler's most recent book, "Smokes," published in 1998, was the
winner of the Four Way Books Poetry Award, selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate
In the afterword, Hass writes, "'Smokes' contains elegies, poems of
urban and domestic angst, laments, invectives, cakewalks, struts. It's very
much of the moment but it is also a deeply literary book -- how could it not
be? And its confident, rueful, and playful grasp of its tradition is eye-opening,
and, sardonic as it is, boisterous fun."
Wheeler has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from
the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim
Foundation. Her first collection, "Bag 'O' Diamonds," was chosen
by James Tate to receive the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry
Society of America.
In 1999, Armitage published "Killing Time," his ninth book of
poetry. He was born in West Yorkshire, England. In 1992, he was a winner of
one of the first Forward Prizes, and a year later was the Sunday Times Young
Writer of the Year. In 1994, he received a major Lannan Award. He works as
a freelance writer and broadcaster, has written extensively for radio and
television, and teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
In 1999, the Poetry Society appointed Armitage poet-in-residence with the
New Millennium Experience Company, which commissioned the writing of a 1,000-line
poem. "Killing Time" is the result of that commission. Broadcast
in England on New Year's Day, 2000, "Killing Time" is also a full-length