WRITER: ALEX CAREY
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 4, 2001
CORRECTED COPY -- please discard the release circulated
Iowa Review Editor Hamilton to host Poetry Month reading
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Editor David Hamilton will host
"The Iowa Review Celebrates National Poetry Month -- Showcasing Iowa Faculty"
at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown
Iowa City. The event is part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI
radio station WSUI, 910 AM. The reading is free and open to the public.
"We'll have a sort of evening's anthology on the air,"
Writers' Workshop faculty members Claudia Keelan,
Donald Revell, Cole Swensen and Dean Young will participate in the reading,
as will Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program.
Recent workshop graduates Ben Doyle, Spencer Short, and Sally Keith will also
participate in the reading.
This year marks the sixth annual celebration of National
Poetry Month, which was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets.
According to the organization, the goals of the month-long celebration are
to highlight the legacy and achievement of American poets; introduce more
Americans to poetry; bring poetry to the public in immediate and innovative
ways; make poetry a more important part of school curricula; increase the
amount of attention paid to poetry by the news media; encourage increased
publication, distribution and sales of books of poetry; and increase public
and private financial support for poets and poetry.
The Iowa Review, the UI literary magazine, comes out
three times a year. It has published continuously for 31 years. Since 1977
Hamilton has served as editor of the magazine. His essays have appeared in
the Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review and Gettysburg Review.
For more information on this reading, call the Prairie
Lights bookstore at 337-2681.