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UWRF to Host Utah Poet Laureate

SEPT. 19, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host a poetry reading by Utah Poet Laureate David Lee on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Chalmer Davee Library breezeway. On Sept. 26 Lee will be the keynote speaker at the Nature, Art, Self: A Conference for Critical and Creative Engagement, at 4 p.m. in the St. Croix River Room, University Center. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Lee's poetry is greatly influenced by his unique career path, which spans decades. He has done everything from studying for the ministry and boxing to playing semiprofessional baseball and raising hogs, and he has most recently retired as chairperson of the Department of Language and Literature at Southern Utah University.

After publishing his first book of poems, "The Porcine Legacy," in 1974, Lee has gone on to receive numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He was named Utah's first Poet Laureate as well as one of Utah's top 12 writers of all time by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities. Lee was also the recipient of the Utah Governor's Award for lifetime achievement in the arts and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The reading, sponsored by the UWRF English department, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Brantley at or 715-425-3173.

The conference, sponsored by the UWRF English department and Literary Society, celebrates the scholarly and creative work of undergraduate students from UWRF and elsewhere. For more information, visit or e-mail or call 715-425-3850.


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