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April 9, 2007

UI Writers' Workshop Guest Lyn Hejinian Reads From Her Work April 20

San Francisco poet, essayist, editor and translator Lyn Hejinian, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Glenn Schaeffer Library and Archives. The reading is free and open to the public.

During her visit to the UI she will also meet with Writers' Workshop students.

Hejinian has long been a central figure in contemporary American poetry. She is the author, translator or editor of more than 35 books, most recently "The Fatalist" and "My Life in the Nineties."

About "The Fatalist" poet Juliana Spahr wrote, "Hejinian's work often demonstrates how poetry is a way of thinking, a way of encountering and constructing the world, one endless utopian moment even as it is full of failures."

Her essays have been collected in "The Language of Inquiry," and since 1981 she has been co-editor of Poetics Journal. She is co-director of ATELOS, a cross-genre literary project.

Her honors include a Writing Fellowship from the California Arts Council, a grant from the Poetry Fund, and a Translation Fellowship (for her Russian translations) from the National Endowment of the Arts. She received the 66th Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement at mid-career, and she was elected an Academy Chancellor in 2006.

She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Glenn Schaeffer Library and Archives is the new addition to the Dey House, the headquarters of the Writers' Workshop.

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

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