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June 28, 2006

Patient Voice Project Focus Of 'Talk of Iowa' June 30

The June 30 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will focus on The Patient Voice, a new University of Iowa project that links chronically ill patients with the writing expertise of graduate students in The Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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 in Iowa City. Heard statewide, the program originates from WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will also feature music from singer Betsy Hickok and pianist and composer Dan Knight, who has a new CD titled "Body and Soul" that features jazz standards.

On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with project founder Austin Bunn and several patient-writers who will share their work. The Patient Voice Project offers free creative writing classes for the chronically ill in the Iowa City community, taught by Master of Fine Arts students in the Writers' Workshop. The project began in partnership with the UI Hospitals and Clinics, but now seeks to expand the community of patients it serves.

Created in the spring of 2005, Patient Voice instructors have taught both one-on-one classes and group classes with a variety of patient populations, including those with cancer (brain, ovarian, lung), mental illness (schizophrenia, manic depression, paranoia), digestive diseases, AIDS and Huntington's Disease. The Patient Voice provides both materials and tutoring to help patients tell their stories.

"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.

This program was rescheduled from an earlier date in May due WSUI's airing of a live news program.

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,