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Release: Oct. 9, 2001

Denis Johnson, alumnus, former faculty member of UI Writers' Workshop, reads Oct. 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Denis Johnson, an alumnus and former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. The reading, sponsored by the Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Born in Munich, Germany, Johnson moved frequently when he was young; he grew up in Tokyo, Manila and Alexandria, Va. He published his first collection of poetry, "The Man Among The Seals," when he was 19, two years before graduation from the UI with a bachelor's degree in English.

Johnson has published both fiction and poetry, including "Angels," "Resuscitation of a Hanged Man," "Already Dead: A California Gothic," "Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New," "Jesus' Son," "Fiskadoro," "The Veil," and "Incognito Lounge."

His most recent books are the essay collection "Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond," and the novel "The Name of the World," both published earlier this year.

In response to "Seek," Michael Herr wrote, "There isn't an American voice I love listening to more than Denis Johnson's."

Elle magazine's review of "The Name of the World" concluded, "To put the matter simply, Denis Johnson is one of the best and most compelling novelists in the nation."

Johnson has been the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship, a Whiting Writer's Award and the Salon Book Award, among the many honors he has received for his work.