WRITER: ALEX CAREY
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 30, 2001
UI Writers' Workshop faculty will help celebrate poetry of Emily Dickinson
and UI Press book
IOWA CITY, Iowa Editors Sheila Coghill and Thom Tammaro will read
from the poems of Emily Dickinson and from their book "Visiting Emily:
Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson" at 8 p.m. Monday,
April 9 at the Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City. UI Writers
Workshop faculty members James Galvin, Donald Revell and Dean Young, will
also participate in the reading.
The event, during National Poetry Month, is free and open to the public.
"Visiting Emily," published by the University of Iowa Press, includes
work by 80 poets who have been inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
Contributors to the anthology include UI faculty members Revell and Marvin
Bell as well as Toi Derricotte, Archibald MacLeish, Sharon Olds, Adrienne
Rich and Ray Young Bear.
"If one estimate of a poets worth is the reverence a poet receives
from other great poets, Visiting Emily clearly demonstrates Dickinsons
worth," asserted a review in the Library Journal. "Dickinson may
not have received such acclaim during her lifetime, but the influence her
work has had on the poets that followed her is captured in this anthology."
Coghill and Tammaro teach at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Coghill
is working on a book-length study of Emily Dickinson and alchemy. Tammaro
is the author of two collections of poems, "Minnesota Suite" and
"When the Italians Came to My Home Town." He is the co-editor of
the award-winning anthology "Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest."
For more information on this reading, call the Prairie Lights bookstore at