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Aug. 24, 2011

At A Glance

University of Iowa creative writing programs again ranked No. 1

The University of Iowa creative writing programs in fiction, poetry and nonfiction were once again ranked No. 1, individually and collectively, in the United States in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) "Top Fifty" list in the September/October 2011 issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

View the article and the 2012 "Top 50" list at MFA programs were assessed on the basis of 18 measures, half of which are ordered rankings and half of which are unranked categories of important program features. The Iowa Writers' Workshop was the first graduate degree program in creative writing, but there are now 151 full-residency creative-writing MFA programs in the United States.

Poets & Writers Inc. is the primary source of information, support and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers.

The Iowa Writers' Workshop -- with its pioneering programs in fiction and poetry -- and the Nonfiction Writing Program are units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The history and reputation of the UI writing programs was a significant factor in UNESCO's 2008 designation of Iowa City as the first U.S. City of Literature.

Visit the programs' websites at and


UI Museum of Natural History's 'Movies@MNH' series begins Sept. 4

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will begin its fall "Movies@MNH" series Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. with the free public screening of "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie" in the Macbride Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

"America's Lost Landscape" tells the story of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history: the transformation of 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie into farmland. This drastic change in the landscape also brought about an enormous social change, so the film also examines the record of human struggle, triumph and defeat that prairie history exemplifies, including the history and culture of America's aboriginal inhabitants. Also highlighted are prairie preservation efforts and an exploration of how tallgrass prairies can serve as a model of sustainable agriculture.

Other films in the series, which will be screened on Sundays at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium, are:

- Oct. 2: "Lost Nation: The Ioway"
- Nov. 6: "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic For Our Time"
- Dec. 4: "Night at the Museum"

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit the website.


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