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Nov. 12, 2008

Saturday Scholars event features graduate student writers Nov. 15

Four graduate students from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Nonfiction Writing Program will read from their work in the final 2008 Saturday Scholars event, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall on the UI Pentacrest. Saturday Scholars, a series presented by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

"New Iowa Writers: Readings by Students" will feature Jae Choi and Ted Thompson from the Writers' Workshop, and Hali Felt and Gabriel Houck from the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Jae Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea and received her bachelor's degree from Portland State University. She is a UI teaching-writing Fellow and works for UI Press as an assistant to the editor.

Pennsylvanian Hali Felt did her undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh. She has written for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Columbia Journalism Review, and she has done international public relations for the University of Pittsburgh.

Originally from New Orleans, Gabriel Houck's travels have followed his studies across the country from Baltimore to Los Angeles, and now to Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the California Institute of the Arts.

Before coming to the Writers' Workshop, Ted Thompson lived in New York, where he was one of three founding directors of 826NYC, a free writing and tutoring center for children. He is the recipient of a work-study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and a Capote Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and he is the editor of the forthcoming "Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things...," a collection of children's stories by contemporary authors.

Saturday Scholars was developed to give the public a chance to hear about the latest teaching and research innovations by faculty members in the college. For more information visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the CLAS in advance at 319-335-2610.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carla Carr, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 319-335-2818,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,