The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us
University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 10, 2003

IWP Hosts Oct. 20 Reading By Poets Zawacki, Henry

The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and the International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading by poets Andrew Zawacki and Brian Henry, co-editors of the journal Verse, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the UI Shambaugh House, on the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets.

Zawacki was the editor of the Slovenian anthology "Afterwards." In its recommendation, a review in the Library Journal stated: "Few works can compare with this anthology of Slovenian literature. . . . Overall, this book exudes a gentle, civilized, almost Viennese sadness that contrasts with the often harsh subject matter."

UI alumnus and former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand wrote of Zawacki's debut collection, "'By Reason of Breakings' combines verbal energy and fluency to a degree rarely found in first books. Sometimes it uses a language that suspends itself with such assurance that it makes a certainty of uncertainty. Sometimes it presents and erases itself in the same instant. Its paradoxes challenge experience, its truths are at odds with the obvious. Everywhere one feels the sweep of its cadences, its powers of invention, its amazing and subtle intelligence."

Zawacki's poems have appeared in the New Republic, New American Writing, American Letters & Commentary, the Yale Review, Fence, the Denver Quarterly, the Prose Poem, Colorado Review and in other periodicals.

Brian Henry's first book of poetry, "Astronaut, "was published in both the United States and Slovenia, and it was shortlisted for the 2000 Forward Prize. James Tate wrote, "Brian Henry's first collection of poems, 'Astronaut,' is a marvelous bustle of energy, distinct ideas and images clanging together in a celebration of the multifariousness of humanity thriving in its myriad guises. These poems are fun, skilled, intelligent and often beautiful. If you're interested in the new generation of American poets, this is a good place to start."

A Publishers Weekly preview of Henry's "American Incident" stated: "This capacious third volume from a much-remarked young poet-critic offers versatility, up-to-the-minute references, and edgy verbal fireworks framed by a remarkable range of forms."

And Reginald Shepherd called his "Graft" "a ruthlessly intelligent book"

Henry teaches at the University of Georgia, and his critical work "On James Tate" will be published next year.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,