The University of Iowa

"The Pleasure of Ideas": an interview with James Galvin

Spectator The University of Iowa's Spectator magazine asked Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumnus and faculty member James Galvin to talk a bit about poetry in this featured interview "The Pleasure of Ideas".

Galvin, winner of a 2003 Lannan Foundation Award, has written several volumes of poems, many of which were collected in Resurrection Update. His most recent collection, As Is, extends his immersion in the American West—he splits time between Iowa City and his remote home in the Snowy Range above Tie Siding, Wyoming.

He is also the author of The Meadow, an acclaimed memoir/history of the terrain and people of a high-mountain meadow near his home, and the novel Fencing the Sky.

His honors include a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His second book, God’s Mistress, was a National Poetry Series Selection.

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