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Award-winning Latino poet to perform at UNI

January 30, 2014

Jeremy Schraffenberger, associate professor, UNI Department of Languages and Literatures, 319-273-3879,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Award-winning Latino poet Eduardo Corral will perform at the University of Northern Iowa at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Bartlett Hall, Room 1017. Author of the critically acclaimed book "Slow Lightning," Corral is the first Latino to receive the prestigious Yale Younger Series Poets Prize. His diverse work spans subject matter such as language, history, gender and ethnicity.

"Corral is an important new poet whose work speaks to the experiences of those whose voices have historically been underrepresented or unheard," said Jeremy Schraffenberger, associate professor in UNI's Department of Languages and Literatures. "The UNI community will not only be enriched by his beautiful and linguistically innovative poetry but also by his thoughtful exploration of history, sexuality and identity politics."

Corral's work has been featured in the Beloit Poetry Journal and the New England Review. He has received honors such as the Whiting Writer's Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Schraffenberger at 319-273-3879 or