Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz to speak, read at Coe

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2009-02-09 12:00:02 - General

Philip Schultz (photo credit Monica Banks)

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz will speak and read his poetry on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. The event is open to the public at no charge, with no tickets required.

Schultz is coming to Coe as this year's Paul Engle Poetry Reading guest, in honor of the late Paul Engle, Cedar Rapids native, Coe College graduate and longtime director of the famed Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

One of American poetry's masters of the art,Schultz is the founder/director of The Writers Studio, a private school for fiction and poetry writing based in New York City. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including"Failure" (2007), winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.In "Failure," his poems give voice to failures of many kinds-yet they are full of tenderness, empathy and heartbreaking honesty, giving praise to the joy of life as well.

Schultz's other collections include "Living in the Past"(2004) and"The Holy Worm of Praise"(2002). He is also the author of"Deep Within the Ravine"(1984), recipient of The Academy of American Poets Lamont Prize;"Like Wings"(1978), winner of an American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Award as well as a National Book Award nomination; and the poetry chapbook,"My Guardian Angel Stein"(1986).

His work has been published inThe New Yorker, Partisan Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Slate,among other magazines. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1981), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1985), and the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine.

Schultz resides in East Hampton, N.Y., with his wife, sculptor Monica Banks, and their two sons, Elias and August.