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Oct. 7, 2005

Pulitzer-Winning Poet And UI Alumnus Philip Levine Reads Oct. 20

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine, a University of Iowa alumnus and an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work in a free event at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

Levine, who was a faculty member at Fresno State University until his retirement, is the author of 16 books of poetry, most recently "Breath." "The Simple Truth" won the Pulitzer Prize; "What Work Is" won the National Book Award; "Ashes: Poems New and Old" received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the first American Book Award for Poetry; "7 Years From Somewhere" won the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "The Names of the Lost" won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

He has also published a collection of essays, "The Bread of Time: Toward an Autobiography," edited "The Essential Keats" and co-edited and translated two books: "Off the Map: Selected Poems of Gloria Fuertes" and "Tarumba: The Selected Poems of Jaime Sabines." He selected the works for "The Essential Keats," due out in paperback next spring.

He has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize from Poetry, the Frank O'Hara Prize, and two Guggenheim Foundation fellowships. For two years, he served as chair of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, and he was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000.

A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.

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

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