November 2011

Poetry opened doors wide for Eduardo Corral

"'These people who are characters in my poems, if I wrote them well enough, you can experience what they're living through, what they're going through,' he said. 'It's like a moment of stillness in the chaos, so you can see people's faces, almost in slow motion, as they pass you by.'" In this Arizona Republic profile on 2011 Whiting Award winner Eduardo C. Corral, he describes his journey becoming a poet, from discovering poetry through a school assignment on Beowulf, to his time at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Marquis Childs


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Dean Young Benefit Reading

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August 31, 2011
Dean Young

In December, former UI faculty member Dean Young underwent emergency heart surgery and had a transplant operation in April. While Young's insurance through the University of Texas at Austin covered the surgery, poet and novelist Joseph DiPrisco, chair of the Dean Young fundraising efforts, explained that Young's out-of-pocket expenses will be about $50,000 a year. Young was born with a heart defect.

Iowa and Invisible Man: Making Blackness Visible

Sponsored in part by the English Department and the Center for Teaching, an exciting week of events associated with “Iowa and Invisible Man: Making Blackness Visible” will begin immediately after Thanksgiving break from Tuesday, November 29, through Saturday, December 3. Events will take place at various locations around campus and will include such discussions as 'Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man—A Roundtable on the Literary Past and Theatrical Future of a Great American Novel' and 'Black Hawkeyes: Midcentury Memories of the University of Iowa'.

James Tate

James Vincent Tate was born on December 8, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. Tate attended Kansas State College and The University of Missouri. He then enrolled in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and received his M.F.A in 1967. In his first year at Iowa, his early collection of poems “The Lost Pilot” won the Yale Younger Poets Award, making Tate the youngest poet to ever receive the award. Tate went on to publish over 17 books of poetry and three books of prose.

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Susan Orlean on the Lit Show

New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean visited Iowa City to read from her new book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend on September 21st. Before her multimedia presentation at the Englert Theatre, she appeared on KRUI's The Lit Show to discuss the book.

In addition to discussing Rin Tin Tin's unlikely path to superstardom, Orlean discussed the origins of the German shepherd breed, the reasons why we love watching animals on screen, and the strange twists and turns in her own life as a public figure.


Eula Biss & David Trinidad, reading and Q&A

The Department of English and the Undergraduate Certificate in Writing Program are pleased to host Eula Biss & David Trinidad for a reading and Q&A session this Tuesday, November 8th @ Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St.
Eula Biss Q&A: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Eula Biss and Trinidad Reading: 7:00 – 8:00 PM


UI to Offer MFA in Spanish Creative Writing

The University of Iowa will build upon its superior reputation in creative writing by establishing a new graduate degree in Spanish creative writing. The Board of Regents approved the Master of Fine Arts program today, and the UI will begin enrolling students to start in spring of 2012.