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Release: April 11, 2002

Rankine, Writers Workshop Students Take Poetry Beyond The Page

Poet Claudia Rankine, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be joined by several of her fall-semester students in a multi-media reading at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18 in Room 101 of the UI Becker Communication Studies Building.

Rankine describes the free reading as, "What happens when poetry comes off the page and encounters visuals and sound."

Rankine will be joined by Writers' Workshop students John Niekrasz, Marco Maisto, Erica Fiedler and Elizabeth Spackman.

Rankine, who was born in Jamaica, is the author of three collections of poetry -- "PLOT," "The End of the Alphabet" and "Nothing in Nature is Private," which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She was the co-editor of anthology "American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language."

Her work has appeared in the Boston Review, Jubilat, the Kenyon Review and numerous other journals.

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