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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

IWP WRITERS SHARE WORK IN PROGRESS AT 'OPEN MIKE' SESSIONS -- Writers in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will share and discuss their work in progress, or work that has been published, at informal "open mike" sessions at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday through mid-November in the conference room of the Mayflower Residence Hall. The public is invited to participate in the free discussions, which offer insights into the creative process, the challenges of translation and the variety of literary traditions in other languages and cultures.

During their time at the UI, the IWP writers live on a floor of the Mayflower Residence Hall. This fall 19 established writers from 18 countries are in residence.

For additional information about the open mike sessions, contact the IWP at 319-335-0544.

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LECTURE ON MUSIC SEPT. 18 -- Bernard Sherman of Fairfield will speak on "Bach's Notations of Tempo: A Few Case Studies" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus.

Sherman's talk, which will be free and open to the public, is part of the Musicology Colloquium, a series of lectures sponsored by the musicology department of the UI School of Music.

Sherman is the author of "Inside Early Music," published by Oxford University Press in 1997, and co-editor of "Performing Brahms," forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. His writings on music have appeared in Early Music, the "Encyclopedia of Aesthetics," the New York Times and many other publications. He has a website at <http://www.kdsi.net/~sherman>.

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IWP AND WRITERS' WORKSHOP READINGS SERIES SEPT. 20 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint reading by Korean novelist and poet Han Kang and writer Justin Tussing at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 in the Prairie Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Han began her writing career in 1993 with the publication of a number of poems. The same year she graduated from Yon-sei University, where she studied Korean Language and Literature.

In 1994 her poems won a prize in the annual literary contest held by Seoul-Shinmun, the national newspaper. Since then Han has concentrated on fiction, publishing her first book of short stories, "The Love of Yeosu," in 1995. Her first novel, "The Black Deer," was published this summer.

Tussing 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.

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WRITERS' WORKSHOP GRADUATE PETER CRAIG READS SEPT. 21 --Author Peter Craig, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new novel, "The Martini Shot," at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Novelist Richard Russo says of " The Martini Shot," "I know just enough about Hollywood to know that Peter Craig's hilarious new novel is right on the money."

Craig, whose insight into movie culture comes from growing up in a high-profile Hollywood family, has been published in the Greensboro Review, the Crescent Review, and the Writers' Forum. He has been awarded the Michener Copernicus Award and the Henfield Transatlantic Review Award.

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

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PERSPECTIVES SEPT. 23--Daniel A. Seidell will give a lecture and gallery tour of "Weldon Kees and the Arts at Mid-Century," an exhibition currently on view in the Carver Gallery of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 in the museum.

Seidell is curator at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden at the University of Nebraska. His presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

Kees was a major figure in both the mid-century New York and San Francisco avant-garde scenes. Although he is best known today for his poetry and art criticism, Kees pursued interests in experimental film, art photography, fiction, and the composing and performing of jazz and folk music. "Weldon Kees and the Arts at Mid-Century" is the first exhibition since Kees' death to examine his valuable production in the visual arts.

Kees' artwork has been exhibited alongside that of notable abstract expressionists Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock. He held the influential position as art critic of the Nation, but, since Kees' disappearance and presumed death in 1955 his own work in the visual arts has been lost from sight.

Siedell says, "Kees' use of Surrealistic imagery and process is also combined with a literary sensitivity that is rare in New York at the mid-century and is made manifest in his utilization of calligraphic form. Far from being the amateurish meanderings of a restless poet, Kees' paintings and collages are historically significant and aesthetically important manifestations of a serious artist."

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 Seidell's talk. Admission is free.

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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INTERNATIONAL WRITERS DISCUSS SHORT FICTION SEPT. 23 ­ The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a panel discussion on writing short fiction at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 in Room 304 of the UI English-Philosophy Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Titled "The Long and the Short of It: Writing Short Fiction and Shorter Fiction," the panel will address questions like: Apart from the demands of the plot, why do some stories take longer to tell than others? The panel will also examine extremely short "sudden fiction" and the short story as an emblematic late 20th-century genre.

Participants in the discussion will be German Carrasco of Chile, Andras Petocz of Hungary, Erendiz Atasu Sayron of Turkey and Mahmoud Shuqair of Palestine.

Carrasco is the author of "Brindis," a book of poetry that received a prize in the House of the Americas Contest in Cuba, and "La insidia del sol sobre las cosas." His works have appeared in several anthologies.

Petocz, who was a member of Hungary's pre-revolutionary arts underground, has published numerous books of poetry, including "Betupiranis" and "Lathatatlan jelenlet," and a collection of essays. He has written and directed two films and produced recordings of acoustic poetry. In 1990 he received the Robert Graves Prize for best Hungarian poem of the year.

A prolific writer, Sayron has published four collections of short stories exploring gender relations. Her first novel, "Dagin Oteki Yuzu," was published in 1996 and is currently being translated into English.

Shuqair's most recent work includes the short story collections "Qalat Marian, Qalalfata" and "Oghniet Al Mahar." In 1990 he received a prize from the Association of Jordanian Writers.

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: German Carrasco is pronounced hehr-MAHN ka-RAS-koh. Andras Petocz is pronounced ahn-DRASH PET-osh. Erendiz Atasu Sayron is pronounced er-EHN-dees at-AH-soo SIGH-rahn. Mahmoud Shuqair is pronounced mach-MOOD shoo-KAIR.

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CAMBODIAN POET U SAM OEUR READS SEPT. 23 ­ Cambodian poet U Sam Oeur, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his translator, poet Ken McCullough, will read from U's new book of poems, "Sacred Vows," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

U, known to his American friends as "Sam," has been published in several journals, including the Iowa Review, No Exit, Press and Modern Poetry in Translation. His work has been included in the anthology "Voices of Conscience: Poetry from Oppression."

McCullough's recent books of poetry are "Travelling Light" and "Sycamore Oriole."

McCullough and Sam met as students in the Writers' Workshop, but they lost contact when Sam returned to Cambodia. Most of his Western acquaintances assumed that Sam, as an American-trained intellectual, had been murdered during the "killing fields" purges under Pol Pot. But he survived by destroying his life's work as a writer and concealing his identity through years of forced labor in work camps.

He re-emerged after the Khmer Rouge regime was overthrown, and he returned to the UI as a guest of the International Writing Program. He now lives in the Twin Cities. His writing was the basis of an opera, "The Krasang Tree," which was premiered at the UI.

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

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: U Sam Oeur is pronounced oo samm oohr)

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GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS 'QUESTIONING JABE' SEPT. 24-26 ­ The University Theatres Gallery Series will present "Questioning Jabe," a one-woman comedy written and performed by UI theatre arts student Tanna Frederick, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 24-26 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

This 'coming-of-age' tale depicts the trials and tribulations of a 15-year-old moving from adolescence into adulthood. "Teenagers are isolated in this century," Frederick explains. "They don't have the support groups that existed pre-1900s to cushion the blow of maturation. Instead, kids are left as islands in a sea of confusing messages -- film, television, advertisements, pop icons -- trying to discern what's right and wrong. Growing up in the nineties takes more self-determination than ever before."

Frederick says this play suggests a new approach to '90's development: "To make it through adolescence today, women must commit themselves to trusting what's inside, because outside of them lie false indicators of success. The moment a teenage girl becomes a woman is the exact moment she stops questioning what surrounds her and starts believing in what's inside her."

The all-student production team includes director Micah Zirnhelt, lighting designer Tarit Thossilaporn, sound designer Peter VanZante and dramaturg Will Nedved.

Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger) at the door.

This production contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the UI department of theatre arts, 319-335-2700, for additional information.

9/11/98