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UNI creative writing program to host anti-war literature reading

March 3, 2003

Grant Tracey, director, creative writing program, (319) 273-3782
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa creative writing program will host 'An Open Reading of Writing About War,' from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in Baker Hall, Room 161.

The event is being organized by Grant Tracey, director of the creative writing program; and Vince Gotera, associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. 'It will be like an open-mic night, but there won't be a microphone,' explained Gotera.

Those attending may bring their own original works or those published by other authors.

'People often turn to poetry in times of stress,' said Gotera. 'Poets recognize the power of the written word, and many people have found solace in poetry especially since 9/11.'

The event coincides with another being planned by Poets Against the War, a global organization encouraging worldwide poetry readings on March 5. That same day, members of the organization plan to present the U.S. Congress a collection of the 15,000 anti-war poems that have been submitted to the organization.

For more information, contact Vince Gotera, associate professor of English language and literature, (319) 273-7061; or Grant Tracey, associate professor of English language and literature, (319) 273-3782.