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Aug. 25, 2008

Gibbons reads at the UI Sept. 4 as a guest of the International Writing Program

Reginald Gibbons, a faculty member at Northwestern University, will present a free poetry reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St. on the University of Iowa campus. Gibbons will be at the UI as a guest of the International Writing Program and the Classics Department.

He will read from his new books, the poetry collection "Creatures of a Day" and his new translations of Sophocles' poetry.

During his visit to the UI, Gibbons will discuss his work as a translator in the International Translation Workshop.

The author of more than 30 books, including poetry, fiction, translations and literary criticism, Gibbons is a columnist for the American Poetry Review, and for nearly two decades was the editor of TriQuarterly, an international literature magazine. He also co-founded and edited TriQuarterly Books, an imprint for contemporary writing from Northwestern University Press.

He has recently published poems, translations and essays in Poetry, the Iowa Review, the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, New Literary History and other periodicals.

Gibbons has held Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry and has won the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Prize, the Folger Shakespeare Library's 2004 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize and other honors. His work has been included in the "Best American Poetry" and "Pushcart Prize" anthologies.

The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more than 1,100 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. Read an overview of the 2008 IWP at

Biographies of the 32 IWP writers in residence this fall are accessible at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hugh Ferrer, IWP,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,