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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 poet’s worth is the reverence a poet receives from other great poets, ‘Visiting Emily’ clearly demonstrates Dickinson’s 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 337-2681.