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Release: April 3, 2002

UI hosts interdisciplinary conference on writing

Professors, authors, and students from across the country will gather at the University of Iowa April 12-14 for an interdisciplinary conference, which will explore the relationship between academic writing and writing for the broad culture. The conference, entitled "Craft, Critique, Culture: Writing in the Academy," is hosted by graduate students in the UI English department. Events will be held at various sites on the UI campus.

"The purpose of our conference is to begin a discussion about the history of writing in the university and the different approaches to talking about writing within both creative writing workshops and literature departments," said Anthony Enns, a conference organizer and UI graduate student in English.

The conference kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 with a keynote address by N. Katherine Hayles of the University of California-Los Angeles, "Simulating the Subject: Mediation in House of Leaves." Her presentation in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building will be followed by two fiction readings at Prairie Lights Books at 8 p.m. Shelley Jackson will read from The Melancholy of Anatomy (Vintage) and Ben Marcus will read from Notable American Women (Vintage).

Other conference activities include scholarly presentations about fiction and non-fiction by students and professors, readings of creative works and performance pieces. All events are free and open to the public. More information about the conference, including a complete schedule of events, can be found online at

The conference is co-sponsored by the department of English, Writers' Workshop, Center for the Book, THAW Festival of Video, Film, and Digital Media, department of communication studies, Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UI Student Government, and the Association of Graduate Students in English.