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Oct. 3, 2003

Poet Carl Phillips Reads At UI Oct. 9

Poet Carl Phillips, a graduate and former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will return to Iowa City to read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in Lecture Room II of Van Allen Hall on the UI campus.

Phillips is the author of "From the Devotions," a finalist for the National Book Award; "In the Blood," which won the Morse Poetry Prize; and "Cortege," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also published "Rock Harbor," "Tether" and "Pastoral," and his new volume, "The Rest of Love: Poems," will be released early next year.

J.D. McClatchy wrote of "From the Devotions": "Carl Phillips has done what few of his contemporaries have dared or managed with as much elegant authority. History is held and pondered. Violence shimmers, desires are silhouetted against the light of love and death. His tone is at once erotic and mystical, hushed and compelling."

A Publishers Weekly review of "Rock Harbor" observed, "Most interested in the pause between doing and having done, between saying or writing and the moment after, Philips writes poems as prayers, his speaker praying that his words will bear some effect."

Phillips is a professor of English and Afro-American Studies and director of the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis.

He has received numerous honors, most recently the 2002 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, which recognizes a poet in mid-career for his or her latest book and comes with a $100,000 prize. He also won a 2001 Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

His poems, essays and translations have appeared in journals including the Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review and the Yale Review, and in various anthologies.

The Writers' Workshop is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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