IWP 50th Anniversary Poetry Reading: Luis Bravo and Anja Utler


Luis Bravo has published many works of poetry in book form and as multimedia, most recently Lichen (2014). Bravo, a 2012 International Writing Program participant, is a poet and performer, essayist, literary investigator, and professor. Highlights of his recent works include: Árbol Veloz, a book and CD ROM of Uruguayan poetry with the participation of 20 artists, Liquen and its multiphonic recital Tamudando together with Berta Pereira, Ale Tuana, Pollo Píriz (music), and Dana Pássaro (dance): “Acción/Huellas” (audio and text), “Croa” recorded live in theater, Lluvia, a collection organized by Mercedes Roffé; and Areñal: ene topos bilingüese & other sounds recorded with John Bennett. Bravo’s poems have been translated for anthologies and international journals in Portuguese, German, Estonian, French, Swedish, English, and Farsi.

Anja Utler was a 2014 IWP resident. Her poetry collection münden – entzüngeln won the coveted “Leonce-und-Lena-Preis” for Poetry in 2003. For her innovative poetic exploration of political issues such as ecology in her latest book ausgeübt. Eine Kurskorrektur, she was awarded with the “Basler Lyrikpreis” (Basel Poetry Prize) in 2014. In spring 2015, she was German Writer in Residence at Oberlin College, Ohio. Utler’s works explore the impact of different media and modes of perception on the experience of a text: her works brinnen (2006) and jana, vermacht (2009) were both published in print and audio formats; jana, vermacht was also transformed into an installation for an exhibition. Utler’s works have been translated into more than 20 languages.

4:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, IA 52245