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University of Iowa News Release

March 30, 2005

Poet Bin Ramke, Guest Of Writers' Workshop, Reads At UI April 11

Poet Bin Ramke, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11 in Room 304 of the UI English-Philosophy Building.

Ramke is a two-time winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and four of his books have been published by the UI Press: "Matter," "Airs, Waters, Places," "Wake" and "Massacre of the Innocents."

Of "Matter," which was released in paperback last fall, Fanny Howe wrote, "These meditations on matter become questions about auras, and though they begin in the body of childhood and stay with issues of flesh and figure, they are posited in a somber optimism, the kind that sees -- just out of reach -- something better."

John Ashbery wrote about "Airs, Waters, Places," "The translucent transience of life flowing has seldom been more poignantly and pertinently evoked. Bin Ramke's 'Airs, Waters, Places' is magisterial. He is our Heraclitus."

The editor of the Denver Quarterly, Ramke teaches creative writing at the University of Denver and at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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

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