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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE READS FEB. 16 -- Poet, essayist and fiction writer Naomi Shihab Nye will give a reading from her poetry at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Shambaugh Auditorium in the University of Iowa Main Library. The UI Writers' Workshop-sponsored reading is free and open to the public.

Nye is the author of several volumes of poetry, the essay collection "Never in a Hurry" and a novel entitled "Habibi," as well as books for children and young adults. Her poetry includes "Fuel," "The Red Suitcase" and "The Words Under the Words."

Nye is an Arab-American author and anthologist, the daughter of a Palestinian father and an American mother. She grew up in the United States and Palestine -- giving her work a cross-cultural perspective -- and she now lives in Texas.

She has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Academy of American Poets I.B. Lavan Award and three Pushcart Prizes.

Nye has appeared on the PBS television specials "The Language of Life with Bill Moyers" and "The United States of Poetry."

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MUSEUM PERPSPECTIVES FEB. 17 -- West African artist and author Baba Wague Diakite will give a gallery tour and lecture to highlight an exhibition of his colorful ceramic tile illustrations at 12:30 Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

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

The talk is presented in conjunction with "Baba Wague Diakite: African Folktales," an exhibition that features approximately 30 colorful ceramic tiles created to illustrate children's books. It will be on display in the museum's Focus I Gallery through April 25.

Diakite, born and raised in Mali, West Africa, emigrated to the United States in 1985 and has since gone on to achieve great success as both a ceramicist and painter. His artwork, created in a whimsical style, uses vividly painted tiles to narrate stories from African mythology and history.

Vicki Rovine, UI Museum of Art curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, commented: "Diakite is a talented lecturer and story-teller as well as an outstanding artist. He has traveled the globe extensively, giving talks, reading from his work and sharing African folk-tales. We are pleased to be able to bring him to the museum to share insights into his own work with the public."

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 Perspectives program. 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.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Baba Wague Diakite is pronounced BAH-bah wah-GAY
jah-kee-TAY.)

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JOANNA KLINK LECTURES FEB. 19 -- UI Writers' Workshop alumna Joanna Klink will give a lecture on poet Paul Celan at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 in Gerber Lounge, Room 304 of the English/Philosophy building.

Klink, who earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the Writers' Workshop, will discuss the life and works of Paul Celan, a German-speaking Jew whose writing examined the legacy of Nazi persecution in post-war Europe. Born in Romania, the poet lost his parents to Nazi deportation, endured forced labor and Soviet occupation during the war, and then began his exile in Paris.

The Writers' Workshop-sponsored talk is free and open to the public.

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DONNA MINKOWITZ READS FEB. 17 -- Donna Minkowitz, a reporter for the Village Voice, will read from her new book, "Ferocious Romance," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Minkowitz's new book seeks to understand the common ground between the religious right and the gay and lesbian community.

"In this brilliantly funny, wise . . . book, [Minkowitz] achieves the compassion and depth that both the gay and right-wing movements profess to want, and fail to achieve," says the New York Times Magazine.

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

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MATTHEW STADLER READS FEB. 18 -- Novelist Matthew Stadler will read from his new book, "Allen Stein," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Stadler's previous three novels, "Landscape: Memory," "The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee" and "The Sex Offender," have netted him Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill fellowships and a Whiting Writer's Award.

Rebecca Brown says of his new novel, "The sentences stopped me in my tracks and made me catch my breath. A beautiful, sad, and creepy book."

"A brilliant kaleidoscope. His finest and most entertaining novel," says critic James Purdy.

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

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JO ANN BEARD READS FEB. 19 -- UI literary non-fiction program alumna Jo Ann Beard will read from her award-winning book of essays "The Boys of my Youth" at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

"Jo Ann Beard's work impresses me no end," says Jeffrey Eugenides, author of "The Virgin Suicides." "Funny without being sitcomish, self-aware without being self-absorbed, scrupulous without being fussy, emotional without being sentimental . . . Jo Ann Beard is a fantastic writer."

Beard's book won a 1997 Whiting Foundation Award. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker and Story magazines.

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

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