CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: May 12, 1999
UI graduates expand their award-winning book "Tight
IOWA CITY Three
University of Iowa graduates have expanded their award-winning book "Tight
Spaces," a book of essays that articulates black womens commonly
shared experiences including mother and daughter relationships, sisterly rivalry,
Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, and Egyirba High have
added six new essays to the 1987 book that won the American Book Award for
The San Francisco Chronicle, in a review of the original
book, described the three women as "talented writers who have folded
and tucked novels and short stories into the slim, sketch pages of their mingled
tight spaces. Their essays reveal the dark, familiar hiding spaces of many
"Three of the most remarkable things about Tight
Spaces are its collective creation, its genredefying
genre and its stylistic innovations," wrote Womens Review of Books.
The Detroit trio joined together to write the book
after Scott had taken a course related to her doctoral studies. Scott encouraged
High and Muhanji to earn their degrees from the UI, which they did; High earned
a masters degree, and Muhanji, a bachelors degree.
Scott is an associate professor of American studies
and sociology at Grinnell College; Muhanji is a visiting professor of womens
studies at the University of Minnesota; and High lectures in the continuing
education program at the University of Minnesota.
"Tight Spaces" is one of a collection of
selected titles for Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography,
edited by Albert E. Stone.
"Tight Spaces" An Expanded Edition"
(208 pages, $19.95 paperback, ISBN 0-87745-665-8) is available in bookstores
or may be ordered directly from the UI Press by calling 1-800-621-2736.