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April 12, 2007

Writers' Workshop Alumnus Relin Will Join Mortenson for April 17 Reading

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus David Oliver Relin, co-author of "Three Cups of Tea" with mountain climber/humanitarian Greg Mortenson, will participate in Mortenson's free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Read the news release at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/april/040307mortenson-reading.html.

Relin received a UI Michener Fellowship to support his 1992 bicycle trip the length of Vietnam and two further years of reporting about Vietnam opening to the world. He has also traveled in Pakistan and has reported from much of East Asia.

For two decades, Relin has focused on reporting about social issues and their effect on children. He was senior news editor for react, an award-winning weekly with a circulation of 5 million launched by Parade. His investigative features on school shootings, ecstasy abuse, and teenagers in prison for Teen People helped that publication win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Relin has won more than 40 national awards for work as both an editor and writer. His stories about child soldiers have been included in Amnesty International reports. And his investigation into the way the Immigration and Naturalization Service abused children in its custody contributed to the reorganization of that agency.

He spends several months each year reporting on, lecturing about, and raising money for the ongoing child hunger crisis in America.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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