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Feb 3, 2006

UI Writers' Workshop Launches Faculty Lecture Series Feb. 17

Poet Dean Young will launch the new Iowa Writers' Workshop Faculty Lecture Series with a presentation about "Surrealism" at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in the Shambaugh House at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets on the University of Iowa campus.

A series initiated by Lan Samantha Chang, the new director of the Writers' Workshop, the Iowa Writers' Workshop Faculty Lecture Series will be open to the public free of charge.

"Surreal" is a word that critics have often used to describe Young's poetry. He says, "This will be a talk that reviews the major historical precedents of surrealism, its inception and inactment, as well as possible contemporary ramifications. Sorta."

Chang said that when she arrived this semester, she realized that workshop students and the UI/Iowa City community do not have access to the lectures that workshop faculty frequently present throughout the country and abroad.

"Our faculty are in demand for their expert insight into literature and the process of writing," she said. "Why should these wonderful lectures only be presented elsewhere?

"I felt this is an exciting resource that we should share. These are not the sorts of presentations that our students encounter within the workshop setting, and I expect that faculty, alumni and the writing community will be anxious to attend as well, to benefit from our teachers' insights and expertise."

The lectures will take place monthly during the academic year.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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