December 2006

Department of Rhetoric

The Rhetoric Department offers courses that fulfill the General Education Program requirement in rhetoric and provides individual instruction in its Writing and Speaking Centers. It also offers other undergraduate courses and graduate seminars.

Department of Rhetoric | 171 English-Philosophy Building | The University of Iowa | Iowa City, IA | 52242

Author Spotlight: Heidi Julavits

Heidi Julavits, novelist and co-founding editor of The Believer, discusses the magazine, freelancing, and independent publishing. She reads from The Uses of Enchantment.

Heidi Julavits is truly an original figure in contemporary literature. George Saunders called Julavits "the Scheherazade of the new Anti-Terror Age," and Aimee Bender described Julavits' novel, The Effect of Living Backwards, as "a wonderfully absurdist game of chess."

Three Writers' Workshop Alumni Receive Whiting Awards

Yiyun Li, Su Kwock Kim, and Charles D'Ambrosio have won 2006 Whiting Writers Awards, continuing a distinguished record by UI alumni in one of the most highly recognized award competitions for young writers. The awards are intended to honor and encourage young writers of significant promise in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama.
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NY Times Names Trussoni's Memoir to "10 Best Books of 2006"

The New York Times recently named Danielle Trussoni's memoir, Falling Through the Earth, one of "The 10 Best Books of 2006." In the book, Trussoni investigates her father's experience as a "tunnel rat" in the Vietnam War and explores its effects on her family. Trussoni earned an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop ('02).
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"The Best Museum Benches in the Country" & Other Podcasts

John Bresland, Eula Biss, Brian Goedde, and Steve McNutt are the winners of the University of Iowa Museum of Art podcast audio tour competition. Each of the winners are graduate students or recent alumni of the Nonfiction Writing Program. The winning recordings are available at the Museum's website at

The ideal place to listen to these audio tours would, of course, be the museum, but you don't necessarily have to be in the museum to enjoy them.

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