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March 25, 2009

At A Glance

New issue of 91st Meridian online literary journal in now available

A new issue of the 91st Meridian online literary journal, published by the University of Iowa International Writing Program, is now accessible at

In the "creativity portfolio" that opens the Winter 2009 issue of 91st Meridian, India's Kiran Nagarkar makes a case for "Shiva's blue throat" as any good writer's most important organ; Jamaica's Kei Miller wonders whether being sit-down poet is better than being the stand-up kind; and Polina Kopylova introduces the Lito, Russia's equivalents of the American creative writing workshop.

A fragment of Ameena Hussein's novel "Moon Over The Water," set in post-tsunami Sri Lanka, offers a taste of the complex social world of that island. And a fragment from the Palestinian Mazen Saadeh's novel "The Scent of Sleep" drops the reader near-viscerally into the rubble and chaos of a middle-eastern city overwhelmed by artillery attacks. Translator Sukhee Ryu introduces and glosses two intimate pieces by the Korean poet Gyeongee Kim.

Also included are book reviews and a "postcard" from Hong Kong.

Spaghetti lunch fundraiser March 28 to help Heat Native America Fund

People can enjoy a spaghetti lunch and assist severely impoverished American Indian households from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 310 E. College St. in Iowa City. The event is co-sponsored by the Heat Native America Fund and the University of Iowa American Indian Native Studies Seminar students.

The spaghetti lunch fundraiser and raffle is $5 at the door and includes salad and drink. People will receive a ticket, and one person will win a door prize. They do not need to be present to win. Canned foods and winter coats will also be collected at this time. The church is located on the corner of Gilbert and College Streets just past the pedestrian mall in down town Iowa City.

The Heat Native America Fund, founded and directed by UI student Jennifer Nesahkluah, is dedicated to addressing American Indian humanitarian-based needs and advocates for American Indian human rights. The goal is to assist severely impoverished American Indian households.

For more information contact Nesahkluah, 563-320-5416 or; or Fay Botham, UI visiting assistant professor, 319-335-1973 or

Osher offers behind-the-scenes opportunity with Richard Stoltzman April 3

In partnership with Hancher Auditorium, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is hosting an exclusive discussion with Richard Stoltzman before his performance in "Richard Stoltzman, A Salute to Benny Goodman."

Stoltzman's pre-performance discussion will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 3, in Room 1185 of the Medical Education and Research Facility, on the west side of the UI campus. The fee of $30 for OLLI members and $45 for nonmembers includes lunch and a Zone 3 ticket to the 7:30 p.m. performance at the Englert Theatre.

Registration is available online at, or contact Julie Bobitt for more information at 319-384-4222 or


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