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July 6, 2006

Iowa Summer Writing Festival Instructors Focus Of 'Talk Of Iowa' July 14

Established writers who are teaching at this year's Iowa Summer Writing Festival will be featured on the July 14 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House."

The public is invited to join the audience for the program, broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House at 211 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Heard statewide on five public radio stations, the program originates from WSUI-AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

The show will also feature live music by Cedar Rapids singer-songwriter Matthew Maybanks, who draws on deeply personal experiences and ideas in his songwriting process. His latest CD is titled "The Best Day of Our Lives."

On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with writers Paula Morris, Douglas Goetsch and James McKean about how personal experiences feed into each of their works.

Morris, a native of New Zealand, is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her stories have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and broadcast on the radio. Her first novel, "Queen of Beauty," won best first book at the 2003 New Zealand Book Awards. Morris teaches creative writing at Tulane University. Her second novel, "Hibiscus Coast," was recently published by Penguin Books. She will read from the novel at 7 p.m. Monday, July 10, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" program on WSUI.

Goetsch is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently "The Job of Being Everybody," which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition. His work has appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, The New England Review, The Threepenny Review, on-line at PoetryDaily and on the air at Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac." Goetsch runs a creative writing program for incarcerated teens at Passages Academy in New York City, and is editor of Jane Street Press.

McKean earned both his master of fine arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa and writes nonfiction and poetry. He teaches writing and American literature at Mount Mercy College. His first book of poems, "Headlong," won the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer Award in Poetry, and his second, "Tree of Heaven," won an Iowa Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner and The Southern Review. His nonfiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gray's Sporting Journal, The Iowa Review and "The Best American Sports Writing 2003." His memoir, "Home Stand," was published by Michigan State University Press in 2005.

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. The show is broadcast live statewide to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on public radio WSUI-AM 910 Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI-AM 640 Ames/Des Moines, KTPR-FM 91.1 Fort Dodge, KOWI-FM 97.9 Lamoni and KWOI-FM 90.7 Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It is also broadcast several days later on cable TV over UITV in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: WSUI, 319-335-5730; Writer: Kelli Andresen