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University of Iowa fiction writer to read at UNI on Wednesday

April 18, 2011

Vince Gotera, coordinator, Creative Writing program, 319-273-7061,

Stacey Christensen, UNI Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS - The University of Northern Iowa "Writers Talk" Reading Series will host a reading by Lan Samantha Chang, noted award-winning writer, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in Baker 161 on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Chang is the director of the world-renowned Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. She has published three works of fiction: "Hunger," a collection of stories and a novella; "Inheritance," a novel; and "All Is Forgiven, Nothing Is Lost," a novel.

Chang's work has appeared in such prestigious magazines and anthologies as the Atlantic Monthly, Story, and "The Best American Short Stories."

Among her many awards, Chang received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. She was also the winner of the James-Michener-Copernicus Award and has received fellowships from Stanford University, Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo and the McDowell Colony.

Vince Gotera, coordinator of UNI's Creative Writing program, said, "Chang's fiction is nothing short of amazing. She's a true literary resource for the state of Iowa."

For more information, contact Gotera at 319-273-7061 or