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Aug. 27, 2004

International Writing Program Will Be Featured On 'Know The Score' Sept. 10

Writers from the University of Iowa International Writing Program will be featured 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 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

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, Sept. 12, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. Listen on the Internet at

The broadcast will feature Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program (IWP), as well as several recently arrived writers, who will discuss their work, their lives and their first impressions of Iowa.

Jay Semel, director of the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, will discuss the beginning of the Year of the Arts and the Humanities at the university. An initiative of UI President David J. Skorton, the Year of the Arts and Humanities aims to raise the profile of the arts and humanities throughout the state of Iowa during the 2004-05 academic year.

Other radio guests will include Sharon DeGraw, who will talk about her devotion to the painstaking art of hand-set printing, and filmmaker and UI faculty member Leighton Pierce, who will discuss "Pivot," a work of his currently being developed in an active exhibition at the UI Museum of Art.

For the expected musical segments of the program, saxophonist Kenneth Tse and pianist Alan Huckleberry from the UI School of Music faculty will perform together, and singer/songwriter Jen Gloeckner, a Dubuque native whose recent album "Miles Away" has captured international attention, will perform.

Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, more than a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program. This fall's program includes 39 writers from 28 countries. The writer's biographies are posted online at

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 Year of the Arts and Humanities is supported at the UI by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-President for Research and the Graduate College.

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.

For more information in the UI Museum of Art visit on the World Wide Web. UI radio station KSUI is on the web at Information on UI arts events is available at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact

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

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