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Oct. 9, 2008

Writers' Workshop faculty member Mary Jo Bang reads her poetry Oct. 21

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop visiting faculty member Mary Jo Bang will read from her poetry in a free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of Dey House on the UI campus.

Bang is the author of five books of poems, including "Louise in Love" and "The Eye Like a Strange Balloon." Her most recent book of poems, "Elegy," won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first book, "Apology for Want," was chosen by Edward Hirsch for the 1996 Bakeless Prize. She is now at work on a translation of "The Inferno."

Bang's work has been chosen three times for inclusion in the "Best American Poetry" series, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Discovery/The Nation award, a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim grant, a Hodder Fellowship and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award.

She is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University and has a master's degree in sociology from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in photography from the Polytechnic of Central London.

The director of the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis, she was the co-editor of the Boston Review for five years.

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

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,