The Buena Vista University English Department is delighted to announce Marvin Bell as the invited writer for the Stollee Lecture Series 2000. He will be on the Storm Lake campus Oct. 11 and 12 and is scheduled for a 4 p.m. poetry reading which will open to the public on Oct. 12 in Anderson Auditorium with a reception to follow.
Bell was named Iowa's first Poet Laureate, a very prestigious position, in March of 1999 by Governor Vilsack, having been selected by a statewide six-member panel of specialists, chaired by BVU Professor Nadine Brewer.
Bell, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., has taught at the Iowa Writer's Workshop since 1965. He has held the position of Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters since 1986. An internationally acclaimed poet, Bell has received many honors including two Senior Fulbright Scholar awards, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, the American Poetry Review Prize as well as many others. He has been an invited reader at the White House, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Guggenheim Museum and at various symposia and Writers Festivals around the world. His publications include 12 books of poems, a book of essays and interviews and a book of correspondence co-authored with poet William Stafford.
His poems have also appeared in periodicals around the globe and include The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Bazaar, Trafika (Czech), and have been included in no fewer than 34 anthologies. His latest book, Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000, just off the press in September, will be available in the Lehnus Campus Store at the Storm Lake campus.
In conjunction with Bell's visit and Humanities Iowa's focus on poetry as an everyday experience, BVU students majoring in English will be visiting and engaging students in poetry at schools and libraries in the region Oct. 4-10.