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April 19, 2005

British Poet Simon Armitage Reads At UI May 4

Respected British poet, playwright, essayist and novelist Simon Armitage will read from his poetry at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Room 314 of the University of Iowa Chemistry Building.

The reading, presented by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Armitage has written 10 books of poetry, winning the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and other prizes in the United Kingdom. His new book is "The Shout: Selected Poems."

Armitage, who now teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University, has taught at the University of Leeds and at the UI.

The Guardian described him as "one of the most exciting younger poets, (who) combines accessible humor and realist style with critical seriousness and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize, TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize."

Critic Peter Forbes wrote, "Armitage is the poet for whom the New Generation's slogan 'Poetry is the new rock 'n roll' was coined. He can cut it with stand-up performance poets, is good on pop radio chat shows and has a laddish persona that the urban young instinctively recognize as one of their own. But he is also a subtle stylist and an ambitious, serious artist."

The Writers' Workshop is an academic unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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