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Writers' Workshop faculty members Chang and Levine read Feb. 22

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty members Lan Samantha Chang, fiction writer, and Mark Levine, poet, will read from their newest books at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in Room 221 of the UI Chemistry Building. Sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to the public.

Lynne Sharon Schwartz says Chang's new book, "Hunger," ". . . introduces a dazzling young writer. Lan Samantha Chang's quintessentially American stories are laced with wisdom and elegance, and compel the mind as well as the heart."

"Lan Samantha Chang writes beautifully of the hungers of the heart: of desire, of ambition; of all we might be, and aren't; of all we most want, and can't have," Andrea Barrett writes.

Chang, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, has published stories in the Atlantic Monthly, Story and twice in "The Best American Short Stories."

Levine is the author of two books of poems, "Debt," which was a winner in the National Poetry Series in 1993, and "Enola Gay," which will be published next year.

Describing his latest collection of poems, Levine says, "I'm trying to find, within the traditions of poetry, the language appropriate for addressing the range of contradictions in contemporary experience."

Levine, who is also an alumnus of the Writers' Workshop, was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment from the Arts, and he has been the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award.

He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Outside magazine.