Carolyn Kizer

Carolyn Kizer

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Carolyn Kizer at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Iowa Writers' Workshop (Dey House)
507 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Kizer taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1976. During that year, she participated in several events on the University of Iowa campus, including readings with visiting writers and poets.

She has been Poet-in-Residence, Distinguished Visiting Poet or Professor at many universities, including the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Chapel Hill, Washington University, Columbia, Bucknell, SUNY at Albany, and the Indiana University School of Letters. 


“News Notes.” Poetry, vol. 147, no. 1, 1985, pp. 51–52. JSTOR,


Carolyn Kizer reads at the University of Iowa

Van Allen Hall
30 North Dubuque Street

From the Daily Iowan, March 23rd, 1979: “Carolyn Kizer and Henry Carlile will present a reading of their poetry at 8 p.m. today in Lecture Room 2, Physics Building.”

“Poetry Reading.” Daily Iowan, 23 Mar. 1976, pp. 6–6.


Carolyn Kizer’s work in the Iowa Review


Carolyn Kizer’s translation of Bogomil Gjuzel’s poem Professional Poet appeared in the Iowa Review, Vol 7 Issue 2, in 1976. Kizer was a faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the time, and Gjuzel was a resident at the International Writing Program in 1972.

The translation can be found in the Iowa Review archives online.

Kizer, Carolyn and Bogomil Gjuzel. “Professional Poet.” The Iowa Review 7.2 (1976): 56-56. Web.

Carolyn Kizer was the author of eight books of poetry, including Yin, which won the Pulitzer Prize. She taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and served as the first Director of the Literature Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. She received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the John Masefield Memorial Award, the Frost Medal, and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award. In 1995, she was appointed as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, but later resigned to protest the lack of minorities and women on the board. She passed away on October 9th, 2014.


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