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April 23, 2004

Iowa Writers' Workshop Will Be Featured On KSUI's 'Know The Score' May 7

A celebration of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop will be the feature event when UI radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque) broadcasts "Know the Score LIVE!" from the Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 7.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer on KSUI, will take place before a live audience in the Museum of Art and will be broadcast over KSUI at that time as well as 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 9, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. Listen on the internet at

Frank Conroy, director of the workshop, faculty member Ethan Canin and others will read from their works and talk about the workshop experience.

The Writers' Workshop was the first creative writing degree program in an American university. It has served subsequently as the blueprint for most of the other university-based creative writing programs, which have collectively transformed the terrain of American literary life.

A recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the workshop has produced a dozen winners of the Pulitzer Prize, three recent U.S. Poet Laureates and numerous winners of the National Book Award, among other major literary honors. Noted graduates include Flannery O'Connor, John Irving, Robert Bly, Tracy Kidder, Wallace Stegner, Jane Smiley, Thom Jones, Bob Shacochis, Andre Dubus, Donald Justice, Raymond Carver, Michael Cunningham and T. Coraghessan Boyle. The work of its graduates have been enjoyed by millions of TV viewers in hit series including "Northern Exposure" and "The Sopranos."

Faculty luminaries have included Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Philip Roth, Raymond Carver, Donald Justice, John Cheever, Nelson Algren, Robert Lowell and Robert Penn Warren.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score" broadcasts at the UI Museum of Art.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free to the museum and to the "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcast. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,