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September 29, 2001

Poet Marvin Bell Participates in Student Reading Series

Poet Marvin Bell will be the featured author at the second installment of the UW-River Falls Student Reading Series Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. on campus, at the Chalmer Davee Library. Bell¹s visit will include a reading from his latest book, "Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000," time for questions, and book signing.

Bell has penned 17 books of poetry and essays and is considered one of the leaders in contemporary poetry. He is a longtime member of the faculty of the Writers¹ Workshop at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he is a Flannery O¹Connor Professor of Letters.

His literary awards include the Lamont Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia. In 2000, the state of Iowa named him its first poet laureate. His fellowships include the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Student Writing Series began at UW-RF in the fall of 1996 with readings by student writers. Now, 40 to 100 people typically attend readings by authors, faculty and students at each of the six readings each semester. This semester one more author, William Trowbridge, will read his work. There will also be three student readings, which operate in a first come, first serve manner.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Jenny Brantley, UW-RF English department, 715-425-3537.

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