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Release: Sept. 19, 2002

Poet Swensen Gives Free Reading Sept. 24 On UI Campus

Poet Cole Swensen, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will give a free reading at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall.

Swensen, who until recently directed the creative writing program at the University of Denver, is both a poet and a translator of contemporary French poetry.

Her recent work includes “Such Rich Hour” (University of Iowa Press, 2001); “Oh“ (2000); and "Try," published by the UI Press in 1999 as the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. The volume won the Poetry Center Book Award, presented annually to an outstanding book of poetry published in the previous year. She won the National Poetry Series award in 1987 for “New Math” and the 1995 New American Poetry Series Award for “Noon.”

Her published translations include "Natural Gaits" by Pierre Alferi, “Art Poetic” by Olivier Cadiot and Pascalle Monnier’s “Bayart: Spring.”

Poet Forrest Gander wrote, “Quite honestly, I think Cole Swensen is a genius and her work, among that of my immediate contemporaries, is absolutely vital to me. Swensen often sustains and develops in her poems a major tone, a delicate meditative aura with subtle modulations. The inherent radiance of ‘Try’ lights up not only the paintings which are the poems’ ostensible subject material but layers of perception.”

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