CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
IWP AND WRITERS' WORKSHOP READINGS SERIES SEPT. 21 -- The University
of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop
will present a joint reading by Mozambican novelist Lilia Momple and poet
James Callan at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Prairie Lights Bookstore
at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open
to the public.
One of Mozambique's most celebrated writers, Momple is also known for
her participation in Mozambique's liberation movement. The author's works
have been translated into English and have appeared in numerous African
and Mozambican anthologies. Her literary publications include the novels
"Neighbours," the forthcoming novel "The Eyes of the Green
Cobra" and the short-story collection "Nobody Killed Shuhura,"
which was translated into Italian and English.
Momple has represented Mozambique at the UNESCO general assembly in
Paris and numerous other international meetings concerned with cultural
issues. As the president of the Mozambican Writers' Association General
Assembly, she works toward promoting female authors and civic education.
Momple's writing career spans the colonial, socialist and democratic contexts
of her country.
Callan is a second-year graduate student in the Writers' Workshop at
The IWP is a unique residency program, which each fall assembles a community
of established writers from all parts of the globe. This fall 31 writers
from 25 countries will spend three months at the UI.
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Lilia Momple is pronounced Lil-ya/ mom-PLEH.)