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Writer-in-Residence To Speak April 21

Paula Morris, the University of Iowa International Programs Writer-in-Residence, will speak about "A Global Village on Two Legs: Writers who cross cultural and geographic boundaries," on Monday, April 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. Part of the International Mondays lecture series, the presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Through the Writer-in-Residence program, world-renowned writers travel around Iowa to conduct readings and workshops at K-12 schools, public libraries, senior centers, and other venues. This program is funded by the Stanley/UI Foundation Support Organization and a Title VI National Resource Center (NCR) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

"The International Writer-in-Residence program is an opportunity for an international author to share her unique perspectives and gift of writing with the state," said Buffy Quintero, UI International Programs‚ Outreach coordinator.

During her visits to various venues, Morris will read from her own works, talk about the art of writing, and discuss her home culture and the role of the writer in her culture and her own experience in America.

Morris has been described as a vibrant new literary voice in her native New Zealand. Her first novel, "Queen of Beauty," has been featured on several best-of-2002 book lists in New Zealand and has been described as "a stunning debut novel" and a "warm, unsentimental portrait of a family in all its confusion and conflicting stories," by the New Zealand Herald and the New Zealand Listener.

Morris, who is of English and Maori descent, attended the prestigious Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Her diverse accomplishments range from a doctorate in American literature to work as a record company vice president in New York.

Morris's short fiction has been broadcast on Radio New Zealand and published in journals and magazines in New Zealand and the United States, including Landfall, Metro, and Hayden's Ferry Review. An excerpt from "Queen of Beauty" was published in the HarperCollins anthology, Creative Juices. She was a finalist in the 2002 Maori Literature Awards and currently holds the inaugural Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers‚ Workshop, and has been awarded a Teaching-Writing Fellowship for the 2003-04 academic year.

For more information or to arrange for Morris to give a workshop or lecture, contact Buffy Quintero at 319-335-0345 or buffy-quintero@uiowa.edu.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345 or buffy-quintero@uiowa.edu. Writer: Kent Nguyen