The Dey House, a 140-year-old mansion, is home to the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, one of the oldest MFA writing programs in the country. Director Lan Samantha Chang — who attended the workshop as a student — has made it a priority to attract students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to the program. Linda Kahlbaugh/AP hide caption

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Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film adaptation of James Welch's Winter in the Blood. KBD Photography/Ranchwater Films hide caption

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Syfy's Wizard Wars is a reality series featuring a new team of magicians each week, who are challenged to transform random props into magical illusions. Dale Berman/Syfy/Syfy hide caption

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Tammy Heinsohn (left) and Carolyn Wilson sing in the meditation room of Alive Hospice in Nashville. They're part of the Threshold Choir, which sings to the dying. Emily Siner/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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