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April 25, 2005

Poet To Give Reading At UI Carver College Of Medicine May 6

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a public reading by poet Camille Dungy, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Bean Community courtyard, located on the first floor of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

Dungy is an Iowa City native and a West High School graduate. She currently is an associate professor of English, acting director of the Creative Writing Program and coordinator of the Women's Studies Program at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including The Southern Review, Mid-American Review, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, and Sojourner.

Dungy's first collection of poetry, "What to Eat, What to Drink, and What to Leave for Poison," is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Corporation of Yaddo.

The May 6 reading is co-sponsored by the UI Carver College of Medicine's Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities, the college's William Bean Community, the Writing Program in the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum and the UI chapter of the Student National Medical Association.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Vicki Hudachek at 319-335-6706 or

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032,