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Oct. 14, 2004

Poet, Critic Susan Howe To Give UI Center For Book Brownell Lecture

Poet and literary critic Susan Howe will deliver this year's Brownell Lecture on the History of the Book, sponsored by the UI Center for the Book. The lecture, "Remember We Are Traveling as Relations," begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 in Room E109 of the Art Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

A professor of English at the University at Buffalo, Howe was a distinguished fellow at the Stanford Institute of the Humanities in the winter of 1998. Her lecture and visual presentation is a meditation on mysterious interactions between the visual and the textual: on ownership, marginalia, quotation, cutwork and the material disintegration of loved books.

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Howe has also received two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation. Her 1993 work of criticism, "The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History," was named an International Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement. Howe's critical works include "My Emily Dickinson" (1985) and her recent poetry collections include "The Midnight (2003)," "Pierce-Arrow (1999)," "Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996)," "The Nonconformist's Memorial (1993)," "The Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems (1990)" and "Singularities (1990)." Recent fine press editions of Howe's work include "Bed Hangings (2001)," "Bedhangings II (2002)" and "Kidnapped (2002)."

The lecture will be followed by a public reception.

The Brownell Lecture is sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for the Book (a unit within the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in appreciation of Frank Brownell and in memory of Nancy Brownell, friends and supporters of the UICB.

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