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Release: Oct. 10, 2001

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop presents reading by poet Rae Armantrout Oct. 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Poet and essayist Rae Armantrout will read from her work at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in Room 101 of the Becker Communications Studies Building on the University of Iowa campus. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Armantrout's new book, "Veil: New and Selected Poems," is just out from the Wesleyan Poetry Series. Her other books are "Extremities," "The Invention of Hunger," "Precedence," "Necroromance," "Made to Seem," "Writing the Plot about Sets," the memoir "True" and "The Pretext."

Armantrout was a founding member of the West Coast "Language Poetry" movement, although her work is not easily definable by that label. Her work has been the subject of numerous essays, some of which are gathered in the book "A Wild Salience: The Writings of Rae Armantrout," and an entry in the "Dictionary of Literary Biography."

A preview of "Veil: New and Selected Poems" in Publishers Weekly stated, "Armantrout is usually considered the most lyrically oriented of the language poets. . . Wesleyan's selection shows that as with William Carlos Williams, to whom Armantrout owes a debt in the curious torquing of her sentences, it is not stylistic pyrotechnics, grandiose theoretical syntheses or encyclopedic references that drives these terrific poems, but an original and quirky turn of mind."

Armantrout is a faculty member of the University of California at San Diego.

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