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Sept. 7, 2007

UI Museum of Art hosts writers and 'earthwords' authors Sept. 20

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a reading by writer-in-residence Ashley Butler, together with writers Sasa Stanisic and Peter Kimani of the UI International Writing Program, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Nonfiction Writing Program Director Robin Hemley 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 the writer-in-residence, 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 UI Museum of Art. 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.

Ashley Butler, current UIMA Writer-in-Residence, is a third year student in the Nonfiction Writing Program. Butler graduated from Columbia University before coming to the UI in 2005. Her writing is forthcoming in the literary magazines Ninth Letter, Gulf Coast and Bellevue Literary Review.

Sasa Stanisic is an award-winning novelist, translator and poet. Born in Bosnia in 1978, he is a graduate of Leipzig Literature Institute and Heidelberg University, where he received his master's degree. His first novel, "How the Solider Repairs the Gramophone," was published to wide acclaim in fall 2006.

Peter Kimani is a playwright, novelist, poet and award-winning journalist for the Daily Nation in Nairobi. Born in Kenya in 1971, he studied at the University of South Africa and did postgraduate work in journalism in the United Kingdom. His first novel, "Before the Rooster Crows," was published in the United States in 2002 and in Africa in 2003. The novel tells the story of a naïve young man from the country traveling to the big city.

The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more than 1,100 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk from Turkey.

This fall the IWP is hosting writers from more than 30 countries through November, including the program's first participants from Malta and Montenegro. The schedule will provide many opportunities for the public to meet and interact with the writers in social events, formal and informal readings, lectures, performances, film screenings and panel discussions.

The Nonfiction Writing Program, directed by Robin Hemley, 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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