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Feb. 25, 2011

UI Press releases Iowa Poetry Prize co-winner, Julie Hanson's 'Unbeknownst'

The University of Iowa Press will release "Unbeknownst," by Cedar Rapids poet Julie Hanson, co-winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, on March 15.

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

Hanson, who holds a master's degree in expository writing and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the UI, is coordinator of a food-buying cooperative in Cedar Rapids.

Her plainspoken work has earned awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the West Chester University Conference on Narrative and Form and the Cincinnati Review. Her poems have been published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, New Ohio Review, the Iowa Review, Volt, Poetry East, Tampa Review, Booth and other venues.

James Richardson, the author of "Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms," commented, "Julie Hanson's poems are so winningly direct, so deft in tuning and alert in movement, that you only half-notice how beautifully oblique they are ... and how entrancing. Until you look up at the end, a little surprised at how far you've been carried in a few moments, at how much you've been... not exactly told but shown how to feel."

UI Writers' Workshop faculty member Cole Swensen wrote, "A wry eye and a keen sense of the actual rule this delightful collection. In a sincere and compassionate attempt to get at the undertones of daily life, Hanson looks and speaks frankly about the intimate, the private, the deep insides of act and feeling. This is a book that uses thought as a microscope to reveal intricacies that open onto new intricacies, the kind of book you look up from to find your own life richer, reverberating."

The annual Iowa Poetry Prize, established in 1990, is one of the leading national poetry awards and is open to new as well as established poets.

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