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Release: Oct. 9, 2001
Denis Johnson, alumnus, former faculty member of UI Writers' Workshop,
reads Oct. 15
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