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Release: Sept. 29, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

IWP PARTICIPANT OTHMAN READS OCT. 8 -- Fiction writer Anuar Othman and poet Heng Siok Tian, representing Singapore this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will read from their work at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will also feature fiction writer Jim Sidel, a student in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Othman is the author of two short story collections and a selection of short fiction, poetry and essays. A fourth compilation of short fiction is forthcoming this year, along with his first novel. He received Singapore’s Golden Point Award twice, and his work has also received recognition in Singapore’s National Short Story Writing Competition. His stories have been translated into Chinese and English and anthologized in those languages.

Heng is a media services specialist with the educational technology division of Singapore’s Ministry of Education, and she teaches English and literature at a leading junior college. She is the author of two poetry collections, and her work has appeared in major anthologies of the region. She is the recipient of awards for poetry and short story competitions at the National University of Singapore, and a scholarship for advanced studies from the Ministry of Education. Heng has also translated plays from Mandarin.

Both writers are attending the IWP this fall as recipients of the Iowa Fellowship of the National Arts Council of Singapore.

Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

This year, the IWP, under new director Christopher Merrill, is hosting 18 writers from 15 countries. To learn more about the IWP, visit the program’s site on the World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp.

(PRONUNCIATION GUIDE FOR BROADCASTERS: Anuar Othman is pronounced

AHN-war AWT-mahn. Heng Siok Tian is pronounced heng see-YOK tee-AHN.)

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COWBOY POET BAXTER BLACK READS OCT. 10 AT UI -- Baxter Black, America’s favorite cowboy poet, will perform selections from his new collection, "A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Please note that this is a change of location from the site originally announced.

Since 1982, the former livestock veterinarian has published 12 books, recorded more than a dozen audio and video tapes, and achieved notoriety as a syndicated columnist and a commentator on public radio. A review in the Washington Post suggested, "He could make a dead man sit up and laugh."

His hilarious rhymes focus on the day-to-day ups and downs of ordinary people who live with livestock and work the land.

Learn all about Baxter Black at http://www.baxterblack.com on the World Wide Web. For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series’ web page at <http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm>.

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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VACHSS READS ‘LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS’ OCT. 11 -- Andrew Vachss, the crime writer/lawyer who has made a crusade out of providing legal representation to abused children, will read from his newest mystery, "Dead and Gone," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Vachss, former director of the Juvenile Justice Planning Project, is an attorney specializing in matters concerning children and youth. He has written more than a dozen books, including novels, a short-story collection, comic books, an essay collection and an educational textbook. The new book features his recurring, hard-nosed character Burke, a former career criminal fighting the extremities of evil.

His literary honors include the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, Japan’s Falcon Award and Germany’s Krimi Preis.

A post-college job tracking sexually transmitted diseases for the U.S. Public Health Service alerted Vachss to the horrors of abused children, and his crusade against molesters has been the driving force behind both his legal and literary careers.

"The reason why is simple," he has said. "I hate people who prey upon children and I have devoted my life to doing everything I can to stop them. The system doesn’t love children, it’s endangering them, and if you saw what I see every day, then you’d hate it as violently as I do."

Of his fiction, he says, "I’ve always felt that I’m giving people information. Reviewers never understood that I wasn’t just making this stuff up for shock value, but that I was seeing this every day in my work. Anybody who is in my business knows these things to be true."

Learn all about Vachss at http://www.vachss.com/ on the World Wide Web. For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series’ web page at <http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm>.

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

(PRONUNCIATION GUIDE: Vachss is pronounced VAX.)

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PIANO MASTER CLASS OCT. 15 -- Florence Kirsch, who is a member of the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, will teach a master class to University of Iowa students at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The master class, which is part of the UI School of Music Piano Festival 2000-2001, will be free and open to the public.

A celebration of piano performance and teaching presented by the UI School of Music, Piano Festival 2000-2001 will include master classes and performances from outstanding artists/teachers. Other events in the Piano Festival will be: a recital and master class by Gabor Csalog Feb. 3 and 4, 2001; a recital and master class by Leonard Hokanson Feb. 24 and 25, 2001; and a recital and master class by Constance Keene March 25 and 26, 2001.

All events in the Piano Festival will be free and open to the public and will be held in Clapp Recital Hall.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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ORGAN FESTIVAL OCT. 15 -- The University of Iowa will host a recital of organ music, part of a one-day nationwide celebration of the pipe organ, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

"Pipes Spectacular! The World’s Largest Organ Concert" is an activity of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), a national professional organization for pipe organists. The performance on the UI campus is being presented jointly by the UI Student Chapter and the River Valley Chapter of the AGO. Performers will include Delbert Disselhorst and Robert Triplett from the UI School of Music faculty. Other organists from the Iowa City area appearing on the concert will be Beverly Everett, Melissa Mol, Hanna Lee, Lynda Hakken and Eu-Jin Choi.

The program will include a wide variety of pieces for organ, ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th century. Composers represented on the program include J.S. Bach, Charles Marie Widor and Louis Vierne. Even Frederic Chopin, who wrote primarily for the piano, is represented through an arrangement of his "Butterfly" Etude.

According to the AGO, "Pipes Spectacular" "will bring singular focus upon the unique value of the organ and the contribution of its art to the culture at large. This celebration of the organ in America is designed to increase appreciation for the enduring majesty of the instrument while refocusing public attention on the importance of music and arts education -- particularly for young people."

More than 200 concerts, involving more than 2000 performers, will be presented by AGO chapters and members from Cape Cod to California and from Seattle to Sarasota.

For more information on the AGO and "Pipes Spectacular," visit the AGO’s web page at http://www.agohq.org/ps/info.html.