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Nov. 21, 2008

Correction: The reading is being held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, not Monday, Dec. 8 as previously noted in the release.

Poets Peter Gizzi and Timothy Donnelly read from their work Dec. 3

Poet Peter Gizzi, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be joined by New York poet Timothy Donnelly in a free reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Gizzi (left), the poetry editor for The Nation, is the author of "The Outernationale," "Some Values of Landscape and Weather," "Artificial Heart" and "Periplum and other poems 1987-1992." He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios and artist books.

Writing for the Harvard Review, Tim Peterson called "Some Values of Landscape and Weather" an "exciting new collection of poems (that) finds this accomplished poet engaged in nothing less than a reinvention of the lyric, attempting an updated version that combines depth and urgency with the jaggedness of our schizophrenic contemporary experience."

His work as an editor includes o.blék: a journal of language arts, "The Exact Change Yearbook" and "The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer."

His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and fellowships in poetry from the Fund for Poetry, the Rex Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Foundation of French Literature at Royaumont, Un Bureau Sur L'Atlantique and the Centre International de Poesie Marseille.

Donnelly (right) will read from a bilingual edition of new poems, "Die neue Sicht der Dinge gedichte," which includes reproductions of paintings by UI School of Art and Art History faculty member John Dilg.

Donnelly is the author of "Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit," which was recommended by Richard Howard as "brilliant and masterful," and he is poetry co-editor of Boston Review. He teaches poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts.

The UI Writers' Workshop and the School of Art and Art History are both academic units of the College of Liberal Art and Sciences.

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