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Oct. 26, 2007

UI Museum of Art writer-in-residence will read Nov. 8

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present a reading by writer-in-residence Colleen Kinder and David Hamilton, editor of the Iowa Review, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. John D'Agata, a faculty member in the Nonfiction Writing Program, will moderate the event.

The reading is open to the public free of charge. Patrons should enter the UI Museum of Art (UIMA) through the new permanent entrance, on the east side of the building facing the Iowa River. The new entrance leads into the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

Prior to the reading by Kinder and Hamilton, contributors to the UI undergraduate literary magazine "earthwords" will read from the latest issue of the magazine. That reading will begin at 6 p.m.

The 7:30 p.m. reading is part of the Writer-in-Residence Program established in fall 2006 by the UIMA. Four Master of Fine Arts candidates in nonfiction writing were selected by the faculty to receive an honorarium provided by the museum. Each student 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, sharing the program with established writers from the faculty or guests of the UI's famed writing programs.

Colleen Kinder, current UIMA writer-in-residence, is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., and a 2003 graduate of Yale University. She lived in Cuba for a year on a community service fellowship, and her writing at the UI has been based on that experience.

She is the author of "Delaying the Real World" and co-editor of "Confessions of a High School Word Nerd." She has also published articles and essays in the New Republic, Salon, Ninth Letter,, and Random House's anthology "20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers."

Hamilton, a professor of English at the UI, has been editor of the Iowa Review for more than 30 years. He is the author of "Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm" and "Ossabaw," a volume of poetry. Hamilton has had writings scattered through a variety of literary magazines, including the Michigan Quarterly Review, Creative Nonfiction, the River Oak Review, the American Voice, 100 Words and Verse.

D'Agata is the author of "Halls of Fame," a collection of essays published by Greywolf Press in 2001, and the editor of "The Next American Essay," an anthology of innovative modern American nonfiction. His forthcoming books include "The Lifespan of a Fact," a meditation on the Yucca Mountain Project in southwest Nevada, and two historical companions to "The Next American Essay." He has taught at Colgate University, Columbia, and the California Institute of the Arts, and he is the editor of lyric essays for Seneca Review.

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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