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Release: March 27, 2002
Poets Stern and Macari will read at UI April 8
Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari will read from their work at 8 p.m. Monday,
April 8 in 100 Biology Building East on the University of Iowa campus. The
free reading is presented by the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
National Book Award-winner Stern, who was on the workshop faculty for 14
years until his retirement in 1995, has a new volume out this spring, "American
Macari is author of "Ivory Cradle," the 2000 winner of the American
Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals
including Field, TriQuarterly, and the Ohio Review, and the anthology "Models
of the Universe."
Robert Creeley, judge for the Honickman Prize, wrote, "The wonders
here are those of perception, intuition, union, separationand all the
emotions these provoke. Anger, despair, but also joy, love in its flooding
recognitions, relief in the world's insistent substance."
Poet Tom Lux wrote, "Anne Marie Macari's 'Ivory Cradle,' (what an apt
and beautiful title!) announces a poet fully formed, fully mature, and wild
to say things in ways they've never been said before. Rarely, very rarely,
is a so-sane heart so beautifully articulated. This is not just an exceptional
first book, it is a flat-out exceptional book, period "
New Jersey's first poet laureate, Stern only began to publish extensively
in his middle and late 40s. His exuberant American voice has been compared
to that of Walt Whitman.
His books of poetry include "Last Blue: Poems"; "This Time:
New and Selected Poems," which won the National Book Award; "Odd
Mercy"; "Bread Without Sugar," winner of the Paterson Poetry
Prize; "Leaving Another Kingdom: Selected Poems "; "Two Long
Poems"; "Lovesick"; "Paradise Poems"; "The Red
Coal," which received the Melville Caine Award from the Poetry Society
of America; "Lucky Life," the 1977 Lamont Poetry Selection of the
Academy of American Poets and a nominee for a National Book Critics Circle
Award; and "Rejoicings."
His other honors include the Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Award, the
Bess Hokin Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four National Endowment for the Arts
grants, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the
Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, and fellowships
from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pennsylvania
Council on the Arts.
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