Oct. 14, 2008
Morningside College will present former Iowa poet laureate Marvin Bell, who will read excerpts from his work, on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Visiting Writers Series and Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Bell served two terms as Iowa’s very first poet laureate from 2000 to 2004. He has authored 17 books, the most recent the poetry collection “Mars Being Red” published by Copper Canyon Press in 2007. Bell’s “Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See,” published in 1977, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Bell’s second book, “A Probable Volume of Dreams,” was awarded the prestigious Lamont Poetry Selection from the Academy of American Poets in 1969. He has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.
He spent over 30 years on the staff of the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, where he was the Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters. Bell has also served as a visiting lecturer at Oregon State University, Goddard College in Vermont, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Washington. He currently divides his time between Iowa City and Port Townsend, Wash.
Bell received his bachelor’s degree from Alfred University in New York. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa.
The Visiting Writers Series brings nationally published poets, novelists, and short story writers to Morningside College and is sponsored by “The Kiosk,” the literary magazine of Morningside College. The series’ creator and coordinator is Dr. Stephen Coyne, professor of English at Morningside College.