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April 14, 2004

Galvin And Kutchins Read From Nature Anthology April 30

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member James Galvin will be joined by poet Laurie Kutchins in a free reading from their contributions to the nature anthology "A Place on Earth" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

"A Place on Earth" collects nature writing from Australia and North America, edited by Australian writer Mark Tredinnick. The work of more than 25 writers is featured, including pieces by Linda Hogan, William Kittredge, Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, David Quammen, Scott Russell Sanders, Gary Snyder and Terry Tempest Williams.

Galvin is represented by an excerpt from "The Meadow," and Kutchins contributed "Wind Ensemble."

"The Meadow," an American Library Association "Notable Book," is a history and memoir of a place -- a high meadow in the Snowy Range at the border of Wyoming and Colorado -- and the people who have inhabited it.

Galvin has written about the book, "'The Meadow' was not written for publication. It was intended to be a simple record, for my daughter, Emily, of a landscape, a way of life, an environment, an ethic, I saw disappearing. . . .

"I wanted my daughter to know, when she grew old enough to understand, that these extraordinary people had existed, that the land had once been unspoiled and dignified by its human guests. I wanted to describe, while I could still remember clearly, the deeds, the stories, the utterances of these people I had known. I wanted to paint the landscape-in-time before it became a real estate development. I wanted to preserve the cadences of speech and the rhythms of weather and seasons. . . .

"Like everyone, I grew up thinking that the place I lived in and the people I knew were given, unremarkable. I had to leave home to discover that I had been raised in an unforgiving paradise, a place very different from the hell of indulgences and permissions our society desires America to be."

An article in the Denver Post described "The Meadow" as "one of the most beautiful and enchanting books to be written in or about the West."

In addition to his books of poetry -- most recently "X" -- Galvin has written a novel, "Fencing the Sky." He has received the Nation/Discovery Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation and the Guggenheim Institutes.

Kutchins (left), who teaches at James Madison University, has published two books of poetry -- "Between Towns" and "The Night Path," which received the Isabella Gardner Prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in periodicals including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, the Georgia Review and the Southern Review.

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