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Sept. 22, 2006

Poet Hillman Tackles 'Revision' In Oct. 6 Writers' Workshop Faculty Lecture

Poet Brenda Hillman, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will discuss "Revising Revision" at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of Dey House on the UI campus.

The free, public lecture is part of the Writers' Workshop Faculty Lecture Series.

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, 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.

In an interview in Rain Taxi, Hillman said, "It is impossible to put boundaries on your words, even if you make a poem. Each word is a maze. So you are full of desire to make a memorable thing and have the form be very dictated by some way that it has to be. But the poem itself is going to undo that intention. It's almost like you're knitting a sweater and something is unraveling it on the other end."

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

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