UI emeritus faculty member Bell, Iowa’s first poet laureate, reads Oct. 20

Poet Marvin Bell, emeritus faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Iowa’s first poet laureate, will read from his new collection, Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in Prairie Lights Books, streamed live at www.writinguniversity.org.

Bell, who the Harvard Review described as having “the largest heart since Walt Whitman,” is known for inventing the startling poetic form called the Dead Man poems. The Dead Man is alive and dead at once — not a persona, but an overarching consciousness, embedded in poetics and philosophy.

Bell, one of America’s leading poets, has published 17 books of poetry and has received numerous honors, including the Lamont Award from the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia. He taught for 40 years at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Other 7 p.m. live streams will be:

  • Poet Rick Ryan on Monday, Oct. 17.
  • Cornell College writer-in-residence Wendy Call and Midge Raymond on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
  • Fiction writer/art critic Lynn Crawford on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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