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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 UI.

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.)