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Author Kathryn Rhett reads at UI July 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kathryn Rhett, the author of the memoir "Near Breathing," will read from her work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library.

Rhett, who is also an editor of a the forthcoming anthology "Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis" will read as part of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival's reading series. The reading is free and open to the public.

Rhett, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina.

During the Summer Writing Festival, Rhett is teaching a one-week workshop on writing memoirs about personal crises July 13-18 and a one-week workshop on using some of the techniques of poetry writing to write better prose July 20-25.

The festival, which has grown from nine classes in 1987 to 128 workshops this year, annually attracts more than 1,000 people from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Participants take weekend and week-long classes under the direction of established writers, learning to hone their skills and explore new ideas in writing.

Nationally known authors, including many with UI and Iowa connections, are featured among the program's 62 teachers.

Registration and fees are required to participate in writing workshops. For more information about registering, call (319) 335-2534. Information is also available at the program's world wide web site, http://www.uiowa.edu/~iswfest

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