In a reading from 1999, poets Marvin Bell, Rowena Torrevillas, James Galvin, Mark Levine, and Jorie Graham read the work of IWP participants whose work has been published in previous issues of the Iowa Review.
Works Read: Marvin Bell reads the following poems: “It Happened There Was a Man Who Wanted to Be a Hunter” by Ai Qing. “Give Indonesia Back to Me” by Taufiq Ismail. “The Exercise” by Fernando Arbelaez. Rowena Torrevillas reads the poem “Indian Summer” by Nicolae Breban. James Galvin reads an excerpt from the short story “Tort’s Bitter Marriage” by Amos Tutuola. Mark Levine reads the following poems: “Barbaric Poem” by Guillermo Sánchez. “Wound and Knife” by György Somlyó. “The Biographer” by Ágnes Gergely. “Last Passengers” by Sunil Gangopadhyay. Jorie Graham reads the following poems: “To Have a Friend” by Tomaž alamunS, trans. by Robert Hass. “Souvenir of the Ancient World” by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, trans. by Mark Strand. “A Pity, We Were Such a Good Invention;” “We Did It;” “Rain on a Battlefield;” “Out of Three or Four in a Room” by Yehuda Amichai. “Foreign Domestic;” “A Lovely Finish” by Elizabeth Bishop. David Hamilton reads “Understanding Poetry” by Stuart Friebert.
In the video, you can also see poet Lauren Haldeman in the background, as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, working the soundboard for WSUI / Live from Prairie Lights.