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Gallery talk to focus on 'The Writer's Desk'

Kevin Kopelson, a professor of English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will give a gallery talk on "The Writer's Desk," at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Old Capitol Museum.

Held in conjunction with the new exhibition at the museum, "A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa," Koppelson's talk will focus on photographs of desks of UI writing alumni, as well as a reproduction of the desk of Paul Engle, former director of the International Writing Program and the Writers' Workshop.

Kopelson is the author of "Neatness Counts: Essays on the Writer's Desk" (University of Minnesota Press, 2004). The essays focus on five writers from different genres: poet Elizabeth Bishop, novelist Marcel Proust, critic Roland Barthes, playwright Tom Stoppard, and travel writer Bruce Chatwin. According to the University of Minnesota Press, Kopelson reflects on the topography of literary creation by way of the topography of workspace, and how orderliness, chaos, and other physical states correspond with both the exhilaration of production and the desperation of writer's block. In addition, Kopelson considers desks of his own: one that had belonged to an older brother, one he borrowed from a messy friend and one now shared with a partner.

Exhibition curator Jennifer New will also be present to respond to questions. The talk will be held in the lower level of Old Capitol Museum and is free and open to the public. For more information about to the exhibit, call 319-335-0548.

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

CONTACTS: Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum; 319-335-0548,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Piehl