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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

IWP AND WRITERS' WORKSHOP READINGS SERIES OCT. 18 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint reading by Turkish writer Erendiz Atasu Sayron and poet Sam White at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

A prolific writer, Atasu published four collections of short stories that explore issues of feminism and gender before publishing her first novel, "Dagin Oteki Yuzu" (The Other Side of the Mountain), in 1996. The novel won the Orhan Kemal Prize that year and is currently being translated into English.

White is a second-year graduate student in the Writers' Workshop at the UI.

The IWP is a unique residency program, which each fall assembles a community of established writers from all parts of the globe. This fall 19 writers from 18 countries will spend three months at the UI.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Erendiz Atasu Sayron is pronounced /er EHN dees/ /at AH soo/ /SIGH ran/. She uses the surname Atasu.)

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JOSIP NOVAKOVICH READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS OCT. 19 -- Novelist Josip Novakovich will read from his new book "Salvation and Other Disasters" at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The New York Times review of Novakovich's book stated, "The writing has the crackle of authenticity, like the bite of broken glass."

Novakovich, who was born in Croatia, is the author of two other books of fiction: "Yolk" and "Apricots from Chernobyl." He was recently awarded the Whiting Writers' Award and the Friends of American Writers Award. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

The reading will be broadcast on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

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PERSPECTIVES, OCT. 21 -- The film "Robert Motherwell and the New York School: Storming the Citadel" will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

This program, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

The 56-minute film, taken from the PBS American Master series, explores abstract expressionism and presents a portrait of Motherwell as one of its most important participants. Included in the film are interviews with important artists, art critics and historians Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofman, Joseph Cornell, Clement Greenburg and William Rubin, among many others.

The film features scenes from a major retrospective of Motherwell's work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City and shows Motherwell's last major interview before his death in 1991.

Motherwell, an American painter and writer, taught art at several colleges, and during the 1940s he became a theoretician of abstract expressionism. He edited the 15-volume series "Documents in Modern Art," along with "Modern Artists in America" and "The Dada Painters and Poets." Motherwell's canvasses are characterized by large, amorphous shapes, painted in strong, austere colors.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the film. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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MARK BRAZAITIS READS AT PARIIRE LIGHTS OCT. 21 -- Writer Mark Brazaitis will read from his new book "The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala," which won the 1998 University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Award, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"Brazaitis has written a powerful collection about displacement, disappointment and corruption but also about courage, humor, playfulness, and persistent hope," wrote Elizabeth Graver, author of "Unraveling."

Brazaitis, who has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer and technical trainer in Guatemala, has been published in Sun, the Greensboro Review and Beloit Fiction Journal.

The reading will be broadcast on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

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STEVEN SEMKEN READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS OCT. 22 -- North Liberty writer Steven Semken will read from his new book "Moving with the Elements," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Matt Welter writes, "A surrealist venture of the landscape, Semken's stories and essays stroll in the prairie wind that breathes life into them."

Semken is also the author of "River Tips and Tree Trunks."

The reading will be broadcast on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

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LECTURE ON MEDIEVAL MUSIC OCT 23 -- Lori Kruckenberg, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will speak on "Early Sequence Traditions and the Definition of Genre" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 in Room 1027 of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Kruckenberg's lecture, which is part of the Colloquium series sponsored by the musicology area of the UI School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

The sequence is a type of Latin sacred chant that flourished in the Middle Ages, roughly 850 to 1150. One of the most important genres of medieval composition, the sequence has been Kruckenberg's primary area of research. Her UI dissertation, "The Sequence from 1050-1150: Study of a Genre in Change," was awarded the Rita Benton Outstanding Dissertation Award and the UI Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Kuckenberg received Fulbright scholarships for study at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany in 1992-93 and 1993-94. She has written the article on the sequence for the outstanding German musical reference encyclopedia, "Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart" (Music in history and the present), and she presented papers at scholarly conferences in Germany and the United States. She received her doctorate from the UI in 1997.

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KENT MEYERS READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS OCT. 23 -- Kent Meyers will read from his new novel, "The River Warren," and his new book of essays on rural life, "The Witness of Combines," at 8 p.m. Friday Oct. 23 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Peter Matthiessen calls Meyers "Intelligent and intuitive -- a very promising new writer." And Linda Hasselstrom writes that "Meyers tells stories with precision and joy. He understands how rhythms of the land bind farmers, give them hope and purpose."

Sam Shepard says "The Witness of Combines" is "written with simple, poetic dignity and a savvy for the land that can only come from having been raised up in it with eyes wide open."

Meyers teaches at Black Hills State University in South Dakota.

The reading will be broadcast on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

10/12/98