WRITER: ALEXANDRA CESTEROS
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: June 7, 1999
Authors to read during 1999 Iowa Summer Writing Festival
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 1999 Iowa Summer Writing Festival
will kick off six weekly author readings Wednesday, June 16 with Gerald Stern,
winner of the 1998 National Book Award for poetry.
The readings will be 8 p.m. Wednesdays through July
28 at Shambaugh Auditorium and are free and open to the public.
The Festival, which is celebrating its 13th
season this summer, is organized by the University of Iowa Division of Continuing
Education and will offer 142 workshops covering a variety of genres this year.
Last year more than 1,500 writers from around the globe participated in the
Festivals 130 workshops.
More information about the festival is available on-line
Readers for this years Festival are:
Wednesday, June 16 -- Gerald Stern
Stern, who was a faculty member of the University
of Iowa Writers Workshop for 13 years, won the 1998 National Book Award
for poetry for his most recent collection This Time: New and Selected Poems.
He has also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, The Paterson Poetry Prize
and the Lamont Poetry Prize. He lives in Pennsylvania and New York City.
Wednesday, June 23 -- Lan Samantha Chang
Chang, who currently teaches at the University of
Iowa Writers Workshop, is the author of Hunger: A Novella and Stories
(1998). Her fiction has also appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Story
and in The Best American Short Stories 1994 and 1995. She is
a recipient of a James A. Michener Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award.
Wednesday, June 30 -- Wayne Johnson
Johnson, a Writers Workshop graduate, is a recipient
of an O. Henry Award, a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers
Workshop, a Transatlantic Review award and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship
from Stanford University. His first novel, The Snake Game (Alfred A.
Knopf), was a London Times bestseller and his stories have appeared
in numerous magazines and anthologies such as The Atlantic, Story and
Nortons New Worlds of Literature.
Wednesday, July 14 -- Harriet Levin
Levin is the author of The Christmas Show,
which was selected for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and the Alice
Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America for a manuscript-in-progress.
A graduate of the Writers Workshop, her poems have appeared in the Partisan
Review, the Iowa Review and other publications. She currently teaches
creative writing and humanities at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Wednesday, July 21 -- Marcos McPeek Villatoro
Villatoro, a Writers Workshop graduate, is an
award-winning novelist, nonfiction writer and poet. He has written several
books including A Fire in the Earth, andThey say That I Am Two
(collection of poetry). He incorporates two distinct parts of his heritage
into his readings, one of his Latino culture and the other of the present-day
Wednesday, July 28 -- Carol Spindel
Spindel is the author of In the Shadow of the Sacred
Grove, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Her essays have
appeared in literary journals, magazines and over National Public Radio airwaves.
Her new book of nonfiction, Dancing at Halftime, explores our attachment
to imaginary Indian chiefs and chronicles a 10-year controversy over a sports