Friday, March 14, 2014

Robert Hass, former U.S. poet laureate and University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Glenn Schaeffer Library, adjacent to the Dey House.

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Robert Hass

Hass, who received a UI honorary doctorate in 2010, was on the Writers' Workshop faculty when he was selected poet laureate in 1995, and he has returned to the UI on numerous occasions, including the workshop's 75th anniversary gathering in 2011.

He won the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Time and Materials. He has also won the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the William Carlos Williams Award, and he has twice received the National Books Critic Circle Award. His first book, Field Guide, earned the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1973.

His most recent book is The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems, published in 2010. In addition to his poetry and critical works, Hass has translated poetry by Nobel Prize-winner Czeslaw Milosz, Pablo Neruda, and masters of Haiku.

Hass was named Educator of the Year in 1997 by the North American Association on Environmental Education, and he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is a graduate program in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this reading,call the Writers’ Workshop in advance at 319-335-0416.

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