CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Release: Jan. 12, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
STEFANIAK READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' JAN. 26 -- Fiction writer Mary
Helen Stefaniak, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will
read from her work at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the Prairie Lights bookstore
at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live From Prairie Lights"
series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.
Stefaniak's work has been published in numerous periodicals, including Redbook,
the Iowa Review, Iowa Woman, Short Story, the Yale Review, the North American
Review, AGNI Review, the Briar Cliff Review and the Source.
She is the author of a collection of short stories, "Self Storage,"
and a novella, "The Turk and My Mother."
Stefaniak is a regular on the faculty of the UI Summer Writing Festival
and in the Grant Wood AEA's Young Writers Conference at Cornell College in
Mount Vernon, and she has worked as fiction editor for the Iowa Review.
Sharon Oard Warner, author of "Learning to Dance and Other Stories,"
wrote of "Self-Storage," "What a joy these stories are! Spun
from the stuff of everyday life, they are carefully constructed, lovingly
sewn, and touched here and there by the miraculous. Mary Helen Stefaniak knows
her craft, and she is a wonderfully humane writer. These are transformative
The world around us is the same but we are changed, our awareness
heightened, our empathy renewed."