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Release: Nov. 3, 2000

Writers' Workshop Faculty Members Douglas and Levine Will Read at Shambaugh Nov. 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ellen Douglas and Mark Levine, both faculty members in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from their work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Shambaugh Auditorium in the UI Main Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Levine, a 1990 graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, has been a permanent faculty member in the program since 1999. He has written three books of poetry, "Enola Gay," "Debt" and "Capital." His poems have been published in numerous periodicals, including Antioch Review, Boston Review, Epoch, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares and The Threepenny Review.

A graduate of Brown University, Levine has received a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Canada Arts Council. He was an Alfred Hodder Fellow at Princeton University from 1994-95. His poem "Capitalism" earned a Pushcart Prize in 1994. Levine also received a Whiting Writer's Award in 1993.

In addition to his works of poetry, Levine has written prose pieces for The New Yorker, Men's Journal, Outside and Metropolis. He is currently a contributing writer for The New Yorker and a Contributing Editor for Outside and Men's Journal.

Before returning to the Writers' Workshop, Levine taught at Murray State University, Princeton and the University of Montana.

Douglas published her first novel, "A Family's Affairs," in 1962. She has written five other novels, "Where the Dreams Cross," "Apostles of Light," "The Rock Cried Out," "A Lifetime Burning" and "Can't Quit You, Baby." Her other books of fiction include "Black Cloud, White Cloud," "The Magic Carpet" and "Truth: Four Stories I'm Finally Old Enough to Tell." She is currently writing a book about the craft of fiction.

Douglas's short story "Grant" was selected for the 1996 "O. Henry Prize Stories" and the 1996 collection of "Best New Stories from the South." The 1997 collection of "Best New Stories from the South" included her story "Julia and Nellie."

A visiting professor this semester in the Writers' Workshop, Douglas has previously taught at Northeast Louisiana University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Virginia, Hollins College and Millsaps College. In May she received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has also received awards from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and letters. She holds honorary degrees from the University of the South and Millsaps College.

For more information about this event, please contact the UI Writers' Workshop at 335-0416.