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Media Advisory: Poet Robert Bly at UIS

September 29, 2006

What:  Renowned poet/storyteller Robert Bly will be featured in two presentations at Brookens Library at UIS. 

When:  "Poems and Ideas: An Evening with Robert Bly" is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 3. Bly will read selections from his poetry, followed by a book-signing and reception. 

The following day, Wednesday, October 4, he will speak on "What Responsibility Do We Have for the Iraq War" at 11 a.m. 

Where:  Both events will be in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library.     

Details:  Noted for his roles as editor, translator, and founder of what he has termed "the expressive men’s movement," Bly has had a profound influence on the shape of modern American poetry. His nonfiction works include the international bestseller Iron John: A Book about Men. In 1966 he co-founded American Writers against the Vietnam War and has been similarly outspoken against the war in Iraq. Additional background information about Mr. Bly can be found at his website at http://www.robertbly.com/.

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