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Dec. 30, 2008

Writers' Workshop interview with author Cunningham to air on Big Ten Network

The next episode of "Conversations from the Iowa Writers' Workshop" will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham. The program will air on the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m. Jan. 8, 3 a.m. Jan. 12 and 9 a.m. Jan. 14.

The program is produced by the University of Iowa Center for Media Production and hosted by Writers' Workshop graduate and International Writing Program staff member Kecia Lynn. A promo for the program may be viewed at and also at the center's YouTube site

The full interview will be available later on this UI site which has an archive of all previous UI programs such as the flood of 2008, the Department of Dance's 2007 Dance Gala and the Hawkeye Marching Band. It will also eventually be available on the center's YouTube site at

Cunningham, who received his M.F.A. in creative writing from the UI's Iowa Writers' Workshop, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel "The Hours." A film adaptation of the book featured Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. Cunningham's latest novel, "Specimen Days," is now available in paperback.

Cunningham's work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and The Paris Review. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Michener Fellowship from the UI. He lives and works in New York City.

The January UI Big Ten Network schedule is available at The complete Big Ten Network schedule is available at

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Daniel Lind, Center for Media Production, 319-335-2778; Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,