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March 28, 2008

Pulitzer Prize-winner, former U.S. Poet Laureate Glück will read April 9

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück, Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall.

A former faculty member of the UI Writers' Workshop, Glück was U.S. Poet Laureate in 2003-04. Her reading, sponsored by the Writers' Workshop and the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, will be free and open to the public.

A New Yorker review said of Glück's work, "For more than a decade, Glück has been writing books of poems that are meant to be encountered like novels." And Harvard University critic Helen Vendler wrote in the New Republic, "[Glück] is a poet of strong and haunting presence."

Glück teaches at Yale University, where she is a judge for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. She is the author of 11 books of poetry and a collection of essays, "Proofs and Theories," which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for nonfiction. Her most recent book of poetry, "Averno," won the PEN Winship Award in 2007.

Glück has been the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award for Poetry, the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award and the William Carlos Williams Award. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Wild Iris" in 1993.

Glück was appointed the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2003-04. She won the New Yorker Book Awards for "Vita Nova" in conjunction with the magazine's 75th anniversary in 2000.

Read more about Glück at her Yale University faculty page, or at

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

The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program was established in 1978-79 with the income from a bequest to the University by the late Ida Cordelia Beam of Vinton.

Past visits by distinguished teachers and scholars from the United States and abroad greatly enrich instructional and research programs. The Ida Cordelia Beam visiting professorships are a source of intellectual stimulation for students and faculty, and provide an opportunity to bring new perspectives in knowledge and teaching to the UI campus.

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