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Jan. 16, 2007

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Offers Poetry Class For Seniors

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa Center on Aging will offer "Formal Poetry," an eight-week course for older adults beginning Feb. 8.

The course will examine different forms of poetry through writing exercises, readings and class discussions. The course is open to all adults age 50 and older. Everyone is welcome in this class, from novices and those who haven't read poetry since high school to published poets.

Each session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings Feb. 8 through March 29 in room 220 of North Hall on the UI campus (online map available at Parking is available in the North Campus Ramp next to North Hall.

The cost is $100, which includes all course materials. Class size is limited to 16 individuals; registration and additional course information is available online at, or contact Julie Bobitt at 319-384-4222 or

The instructor is Mia Nussbaum, a postgraduate writing fellow at the UI and a tutor in the Patient Voice Project, a program that offers free creative writing classes to Iowa City-area individuals with chronic and mental illness. Nussbaum has taught American women's writing at an Indiana YWCA; English in Tamil Nadu, India; literature at an all-girls school in Manhattan; and rhetoric and creative writing at the UI, where she received her master's degree in nonfiction writing in 2006. She also has worked as an editorial assistant at Harper's Magazine. Nussbaum's poetry and prose has appeared in Third Coast, the Mid-American Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Commonweal and Salamander, among other publications.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, designated and funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. There are currently 93 Osher institutes in 39 states. For more information, visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI in advance at 319-384-4222.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,