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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 21, 2006

'Iowa Writes' Web Project Launches

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 22, poetry, fiction and nonfiction written by Iowans will be featured on the University of Iowa's Daily Palette site (accessible by a button in the lower-left corner of the UI home page,

The "Iowa Writes" project is part of an expansion of the popular Daily Palette, which has showcased visual art by Iowans since August 2004. For the next two years, writing submitted by Iowans and chosen by the editors of The Iowa Review will be posted on a revolving basis with visual arts.

Starting with a poem called "Burning the Caterpillars" by Debra L. Hutchison, who grew up on a dairy farm outside of Hampton, Iowa, the Daily Palette will display, several times a week, the work of writers who consider themselves Iowans, whether they have Iowa roots or live here now.

Writers who wish to submit their work to the project may send prose or poetry of 700 words or fewer in the body of an e-mail to More information on submitting can be found at

"Iowa Writes" is made possible through a Year of Public Engagement grant. University of Iowa President David Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 school year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the University community is intensifying its efforts and sharpening its focus on engagement with the public and public issues on the local, state, national, and international levels. More information is online,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: David Hamilton, The Iowa Review,; Submissions: