A distinguished fiction writer from New Zealand is now the “writer-in-residence” at the University of Iowa, and she’s for hire, cheap. Through the end of June, Paula Morris will be sharing her literary expertise and cultural insights with gatherings in schools, libraries, senior centers and other venues, free of charge. Morris says she’s enjoying traveling across the Hawkeye State to conduct readings and workshops.Morris has been described as a vibrant new literary voice in her native New Zealand. Her first novel, “Queen of Beauty,” has been featured on several best-of-2002 book lists in her home country. She’s also published many short stories and is now on-assignment to spread her recipe of success amongst budding Iowa writers.Morris says she has to change up her presentations significantly since her audiences range from kindergarteners to senior citizens to grad students in advanced college writing programs.Morris will read from her own works, talk about the art of writing, and discuss her home culture and the role of the writer in her culture and her own experience in America. In the next week, she’s speaking in Davenport, Marshalltown and Creston. For more information or to set up a workshop or speaking engagement, contact Amy Green at (319) 335-1433 or [email protected].