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March 24, 2006

Influential Slovene Poet Tomaz Salamun Will Read April 7 At UI

Slovene poet Tomaz Salamun, one of the most influential voices in contemporary poetry, will read at 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, in Room S401 of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Salamun's new volume is "The Book for My Brother." He has published more than 30 books, and his poetry is available in English in "Feast: Poems," "The Four Questions of Melancholy: New and Selected Poems," "The Selected Poems of Tomaz Salamun," "Blackboards" and "A Ballad for Metka Krasovec."

Poet Christopher Merrill, who is director of the UI International Writing Program and the editor of Salamun's "Four Questions of Melancholy," has said, "What a strange turn of events that a poet who hails from a country of only two million and writes in a language that very few Americans understand should have such a profound impact on American poetry. But it is the case that Tomaz Salamun is one of the most influential voices now speaking to younger American poets."

Salamun's relationship with the UI played a major role in that influence because he participated in the International Writing Program in the early 1970s, and the first English translations of his poetry were produced in collaboration with poets in the Writers' Workshop.

Some of the earliest of his poems to appear in English were in the chapbooks "Turbines" and "Snow," published by the Toothpaste Press in West Branch.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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