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"Fate" issue of UI 100 Words will be available April 14

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Fate," the final 1996-97 issue of 100 Words, the unique literary journal published by the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will be available Monday, April 14. The issue features prose and poetry works of 100 words or fewer in response to the word "fate."

IWP participants and staff created 100 Words in 1993. Each issue is comprised of responses to a single "trigger word."

Contributors to "Fate" come from Sri Lanka, Latvia, the Philippines, Haiti, India, Albania, Israel, Bolivia, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Sierra Leone, Poland, Germany, Bangladesh and the United States. Included is the periodical's first work written in Romany, the language of Europe's gypsies.

Visual artists contributing to "Fate" are Chuck Morris, Julie Purwin and Yali Peng. Carolyn Brown is editor, with special editorial assistance from Rowena Torrevillas and Madhu Disanayaka. Brown and Torrevillas as staff members of the IWP, and Disanayaka was a participant in the program's 1996 residencies, representing Sri Lanka. The IWP received a torrent of submissions from Sri Lanka, where Disanayaka began a weekly 100 Words offshoot in a widely read newspaper.

100 Words has subscribers throughout the United States and around the world. Copies may be obtained from the IWP, fourth floor, English-Philosophy Building, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. Copies also may be purchased for $3 at several Iowa City-area book stores: Prairie Lights Books, the Murphy-Brookfield Bookstore and the Haunted Bookshop. For more information, contact editor Carolyn Brown at 319-335-0541, or via e-mail: <>.

The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of a lively literary community that includes the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and the UI's respected program in literary non-fiction. IWP writers interact, formally and informally, with each other and with the many poets, fiction writers, playwrights and translators at the UI and in Iowa City. Over the years more than 1,000 writers from more than 110 countries have completed residencies in the program.