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April 6, 2007

UI Museum Of Art Hosts April 19 Reading From Writer-In-Residence Program

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a reading by three writers of fiction and nonfiction -- Robin Hemley and Patricia Foster, faculty members of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, and Riley Hanick, a graduate student in the program -- at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

The reading will be preceded at 6 p.m. by presentations by undergraduate students Tara Atkinson, a junior fiction editor majoring in English; Amee Bhasvar, junior English major and poetry editor for earthwords; and Christian Yetter, sophomore English major and fiction editor. They will share a few selections from the April issue of the undergraduate literary magazine earthwords.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is the final event of the 2006-07 Writer-in-Residence Program established last fall by the UI Museum of Art (UIMA). The event will end with an open-mic reading.

Four Master of Fine Arts candidates in nonfiction writing were selected by the faculty to receive an honorarium provided by the museum. Each spends three months at the museum working on various writing projects including an art-based essay. The writers read from their work on four evenings through the academic year alongside a number of well-known writers from the faculty of the UI's famed writing programs.

The current UIMA writer in residence, Hanick is an Iowa City native who graduated from Kenyon College in 2001. He worked as an Americorps volunteer, house painter, security guard and bookseller before joining the NWP in 2005.

Hemley, author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, is a Writers' Workshop alumnus and director of the Nonfiction Writing Program. His most recent books are "Turning Life into Fiction" and "Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday," which was recently re-released in paperback.

Foster, the author of "All the Lost Girls" and "Just Beneath My Skin," is editor of "Minding the Body" and "Sister to Sister," and co-editor of "The Healing Circle." A faculty member in the Nonfiction Writing Program, she is currently working on a book of short stories, "Liberation," and a nonfiction book, "Smart Girls."

The Nonfiction Writing Program is part of the Department of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Part of the Writing University at the UI, they have a Web page at

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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