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Oct. 23, 2007

Poet Revell, guest of UI Writers' Workshop, presents free reading Nov. 7

Poet and critic Donald Revell, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the University of Iowa campus.

Revell's most recent book is "The Art of Attention: A Poet's Eye," published this summer. His 10th poetry collection, "A Thief of Strings," was released earlier this year.

Former Writers' Workshop faculty member Gerald Stern wrote about "A Thief of Strings": "These poems make you want to read them over and over; you want so much to understand their magic, their vastness. We suddenly have a master. God bless his courage, his knowledge, his playfulness, his stubbornness, his loving attention. God pity his grief."

A starred review in Publishers Weekly stated: "How can we see, as Thoreau did, a radiant nature within a nation at war? What can a 21st-century poetry say about the primeval wisdom in a canyon, a hummingbird, a brook? And how can a poet be at once a true Christian and a re-creator of the modern word? Such questions guide the rightly confident, brilliantly convincing Revell throughout this 10th book.

"Many poets have tried to express such faith, such anger, such awe, but few do so with such original brevity and joy. . . . No poet so innovative now is more accessible, and no poet half so accessible in recent years has made the language so new."

Revell teaches English and creative writing at the University of Utah and is poetry editor of the Colorado Review.

His other poetry collections are "My Mojave," "Arcady," "There Are Three," "Beautiful Shirt," "Erasures," "New Dark Ages," "The Gaza of Winter," "From the Abandoned Cities" and "Pennyweight Windows." He has also translated two volumes of the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire.

His honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Shestack Prize, the Gertrude Stein Award, the PEN Center USA Award for poetry, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Ingram Merrill and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial foundations.The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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