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April 28, 2005

UITV To Broadcast Conroy Tribute

University of Iowa Television has scheduled several dates for the broadcast of an April 22 tribute to Frank Conroy, the longtime UI Writers' Workshop director who died April 6 at the age of 69 after announcing plans to step down from the position.

"In Honor of Frank Conroy," which took place before a large audience in Macbride Hall Auditorium, included readings by two of the workshop's most illustrious graduates, T. Coraghessan Boyle and John Irving, as well as remarks by International Writing Program Director Christopher Merrill, recent Pulitzer Prize-winning author and workshop faculty member Marilynne Robinson and UI President David Skorton.

The two-hour tribute will be broadcast May 10 at 3, 7 and 10:30 p.m., at 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. May 11, and at midnight May 12. Additional rebroadcasts are planned but not yet scheduled. Check UITV's website for updates at

UITV is seen on the UI campus on Channel 4 and on Mediacom in 34 Iowa communities on Channel 17.

A writer, jazz pianist and pool shark, Conroy became the director of the Writers' Workshop in 1987. Born in 1936, he graduated from Haverford College in 1958 and became director of the National Endowment for the Arts literature program in 1982. He won numerous awards, including a Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the French government and a Grammy Award.

He wrote the classic memoir of youth "Stop-Time," the collection of stories "Midair," and the novel "Body and Soul." He edited "The Eleventh Draft: Craft and the Writing Life from Iowa Writers' Workshop," "The Iowa Award: The Best Stories, 1991-2000" and "The Iowa Award: The Best Stories from Twenty Years."

His work appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Harper's Magazine, and Partisan Review, and many of these pieces were collected in "Dogs Bark, But the Caravan Rolls On."

His final book was "Time and Tide," a personal tour of the history and landscape of his beloved second home, Nantucket Island.

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