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University of Iowa News Release

April 29, 2003

International Programs Writer-in-Residence available to speak in Iowa

Paula Morris, a distinguished fiction writer from New Zealand, is available to share her literary expertise and cultural insights with schools, libraries or senior centers as the spring 2003 University of Iowa International Programs' Writer-in-Residence.

Through the International Programs' Writer-in-Residence program, world-renowned writers travel around Iowa to conduct readings and workshops at K-12 schools, public libraries, senior centers, and other venues. There is no cost to sponsor a talk. The program is funded by the Stanley/UI Foundation Support Organization and a Title VI National Resource Center (NCR) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

"The International Writer-in-Residence program is an opportunity for an international author to share her unique perspectives and gift of writing with the state," said Buffy Quintero, UI International Programs' outreach coordinator. During her visits to various venues, Morris will read from her own works, talk about the art of writing, and discuss her home culture and the role of the writer in her culture and her own experience in America.

Morris has been described as a vibrant new literary voice in her native New Zealand. Her first novel, "Queen of Beauty," has been featured on several best-of-2002 book lists in New Zealand and has been described as "a stunning debut novel" and a "warm, unsentimental portrait of a family in all its confusion and conflicting stories," by the New Zealand Herald and the New Zealand Listener.

Morris, who is of English and Maori descent, attended the prestigious Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Her diverse accomplishments range from a doctorate in American literature to work as a record company vice president in New York.

Morris's short fiction has been broadcast on Radio New Zealand and published in journals and magazines in New Zealand and the US, including Landfall, Metro, and Hayden's Ferry Review. An excerpt from "Queen of Beauty" was published in the HarperCollins anthology, Creative Juices. She was a finalist in the 2002 Maori Literature Awards and currently holds the inaugural Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has been awarded a Teach-Writing Fellowship for the 2003-04 academic year.

For more information or to set up a workshop or speaking engagement, contact Buffy Quintero at (319) 335-0345 or

International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic program and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345 Writer: Kent Nguyen