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March 24, 2005

Poet Dean Young Of Writers' Workshop Faculty Reads April 5

Poet Dean Young, a faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new collection, "Elegy on Toy Piano," in a free event at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

A preview in Publishers Weekly observed, "Staccato and frantic, created by long series of declarative end-stopped lines, Young's sixth collection confidently balances moments of absurdity against high drama and raw admissions of emotion. . . . This book of energetic, chronic juxtaposition pieces together a winning, tinkling set of send-offs for friends, and for feelings."

Young is the author of five previous books of poems: "Skid," a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize; "First Course in Turbulence"; "Strike Anywhere," winner of the Colorado Poetry Prize; "Beloved Infidel"; and "Design with X."

He has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and two from the National Endowment to the Arts. He teaches in the Warren Wilson Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing in addition to being a permanent faculty member of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Booklist described Young as "one of the premier surrealist poets writing today. . . . Whether through the dark facts of mortality or the celebratory surprises of the imagination, these poems proclaim vitality and alertness, wasting nothing. . . .  Young's poems reveal his faith in the genius of calamity and the redemptive power of fun."

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

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