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Release: March 28, 2003

Writers' Workshop Faculty Member Hejinian Reads April 11 At UI

San Francisco poet Lyn Hejinian, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11 in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building on the UI campus in Iowa City.

Hejinian has long been a central figure in contemporary American poetry. She is the author of more than 15 books, including "My Life," "Writing is an Aid to Memory" and "The Cell." Among her most recent book-length prose-poems are "Happily" and "Slowly," which was published in December.

Her essays have been collected in "The Language of Inquiry," and since 1981 she has been co-editor of Poetics Journal. She is co-director of ATELOS, a cross-genre literary project.

Hejinian received the 66th Academy Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. Her other honors include a Writing Fellowship from the California Arts Council, a grant from the Poetry Fund and a Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts to support her translations of Russian poetry.

She has taught at several colleges and university, including a tenure as Roberta Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.

A review of Hejinian's work in Rain Taxi concluded, "Her poems are palpable explorations of the space between consciousness and language."

Katherine Lederer of the St. Mark's Poetry Project wrote, "Hejinian distills thought down to its most basic-- and elegant -- necessities: chance, logic, happiness. Tragedy, longing -- truth."

Marjorie Perloff, author of "Wittgenstein's Ladder," wrote of "The Language of Inquiry," "From 1975, when she wrote 'A Thought Is the Bride of What Thinking' -- the first 'essay' in this collection -- Lyn Hejinian has always regarded poetry and poetics as intimately interwoven: her poetry has sometimes been highly theoretical even as her theoretical and critical pieces are nothing if not poetic... This is an exciting and deeply moving book."

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