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Nov. 20, 2006

Poets Hass, Hillman Present Joint Writers' Workshop Faculty Reading Dec. 6

Poets Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman, one of America's most distinguished literary couples, will present a joint reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. The reading, presented by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Both Hass and Hillman are visiting faculty members in the workshop this academic year.

Hass was a visiting faculty member in the Writers' Workshop in 1995 when he was selected U.S. poet laureate, a post he held from 1995 to 1997. He has won the MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship and the William Carlos Williams Award, and he has twice received the National Books Critic Circle Award. His first book, "Field Guide," earned the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1973.

Hass' other collections of poetry include "Praise," "Human Wishes" and "Sun Under Wood." He also wrote "Twentieth-Century Pleasures," a book of essays on poetry. He has translated many of the works of Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz and is the editor of Thomas Transtromer's "Selected Poems: 1954-1986" and "The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa." He was co-editor of "The Best American Poetry 2001."

A professor of English at the University of California-Berkeley since 1989, Hass was named Educator of the Year in 1997 by the North American Association on Environmental Education. He is a chancellor of the Academic of American Poets.

Hillman, who is an alumna of the workshop, serves on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in California, where she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

She has published seven collections of poetry, most recently "Pieces of Air in the Epic" in 2005, which received the William Carlos Williams Award, and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was also the co-editor of "The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood" and the editor of a collection of Emily Dickinson's poems.

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

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