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Nov. 2, 2006

Chang, Swensen Participate In Museum 'Writer-In-Residence' Reading Nov. 9

The University of Iowa Museum of Art's Writer-in-Residence Program will continue with readings by Matthew Davis and Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty members Lan Samantha Chang and Cole Swensen, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

As part of the UIMA's ongoing collaboration with the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, four Master of Fine Arts candidates in nonfiction writing were selected by the faculty to receive an honorarium provided by the museum. Each spends three months at the museum, working on various writing projects including an art-based essay. The writers read from their work on four evenings through the academic year alongside a number of well-known writers from the faculty of the UI's famed writing programs.

Chang is the director of the UI Writers' Workshop and professor of creative writing in the UI English Department, and Swensen teaches poetry in the workshop.

Davis, a second-year graduate student in nonfiction at the UI, is an Iowa Arts Tuition Fellow and Stanley Fellow. His work has appeared recently in World View Magazine and the Bellevue Literary Review, and he won first prize in the 2005 Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Competition for an essay about Chinggis Khan and his impact on Mongolia. He is currently at work on a book about Mongolia and his time in that country.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

The English department is an academic unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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