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Release: Aug. 22, 2002
Iowa Poets Will Read Work Of Jane Cooper Sept. 5
Poet Laureate Marvin Bell of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop
faculty will be joined by UI-alumni poets Robert Dana, James McKean and Claire
Rossini for a reading of poems by UI alumna Jane Cooper (left) at 8 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 5, in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown
Iowa City. The free reading is part of the Live From Prairie Lights
broadcast series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM, hosted by
Julie Englander. Listen on the internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu .
Cooper, a former State Poet of New York and an emeritus faculty member of
Sarah Lawrence College, is the author of Flashboat: Poems Collected
and Reclaimed, which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize;
Calling Me From Sleep: New and Selected Poems; Scaffolding:
Selected Poems; Maps and Windows; The Weather of Six
Mornings, which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American
Poets; and Green Notebook, Winter Road.
Her works as an editor include The Sanity of Earth and Grass: Complete
Poems of Robert Winner and Extended Outlooks: The Iowa Review
Collection of Contemporary Women Writers.
Cooper received her masters degree in 1954 from the UI, where she studied
with Robert Lowell and John Berryman.
She has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts
and Letters, the Shelley Memorial Award, and fellowships from the Bunting
Institute, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the
National Endowment for the Arts.
Cooper has said of her work, Poetry is a way of giving people more
life, a more vivid awareness of the exact moment they are living through --
first a sensuous awareness, then a historical one. What else can so clearly
tell us who we are, while telling us more than we knew? The true poem is almost
without signature. It is a living experience in which we, poet and reader,
participate together. A partnership. A means of practicing freedom.
Rossini, who organized the reading, is a faculty member at Trinity College
in Connecticut, and McKean teaches at Mt. Mercy College. Dana is an emeritus
faculty member of Cornell College.
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