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Oct. 2, 2008

Pulitzer Prize-winning UI alumnus Cunningham gives Ida Beam reading Oct. 15

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Lecture Room 1 of UI Van Allen Hall. Cunningham has returned to the UI as an Ida Beam Visiting Professor in the Writers' Workshop.

In addition to his Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner winner, "The Hours," Cunningham has written "Specimen Days," "Flesh and Blood," "Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown" and "At Home at the End of the World." He selected and introduced poems by Walt Whitman for the book "Laws for Creations."

Both "The Hours" and "At Home at the End of the World" were made into feature films, and "Flesh and Blood" is being adapted for a Showtime miniseries.

His work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly and the Paris Review. "White Angel," a short story, was chosen for "The Best American Short Stories, 1989," and another story, "Mister Brother," appeared in the "2000 O. Henry Collection."

Cunningham has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a UI Michener Fellowship.

The UI established the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the UI Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

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