Trinity University Press

Dean Young

Dean Young has published many notable books of poems, including Design with X, First Course in Turbulence, and Skid, which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. His more recent poetry books are Elegy for a Toy Piano, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Embryoyo, Primitive Mentor, and Fall Higher. He is also the author of the prose book The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he currently holds the Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas. He lives in Austin.

7 Poets, 4 Days, 1 Book

The brilliantly energetic and multi-talented Christopher Merrill devised a virtually unprecedented writing experiment. Launching it with a spirit of literary camaraderie and a dash of mischief, Merrill invited six other poets to join him for four days to write poems in together around a long table in a sunlit room at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. Crossing differences of generation and...

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