Iowa's Poet Laureate to Read at MCC Campuses

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 8, 2005) - Award-winning poet Robert Dana, who was recently named Poet Laureate for the state of Iowa, will read from his works at Manatee Community College (MCC) campuses. He will read from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in the outdoor gazebo at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West; and 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Selby Community Room in the Professional Development Center, building number 800, at MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. The readings are free and open to the public.

Dana's most recent book is The Morning of the Red Admirals, published by Anhinga Press. He has published 13 books of poetry and authored books about small publishers in America and the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. A graduate of one of the first classes of the Writer's Workshop, he taught for 40 years as Poet-in-Residence at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, before retiring. He also has served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Stockholm University, Sweden, and at several American colleges and universities.

Dana's poetry has won numerous awards, including the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award, the international Rilke prize and two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry fellowships.


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