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IWP AND WRITERS' WORKSHOP READING SERIES BEGINS SEPT. 6 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint reading by German writer Beatrice Kobow and poet Michael Tyrell at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

A fresh voice in German fiction, Kobow began working as a freelance journalist for the Sudkurier/Konstanz when she was very young. Since then she has worked as a journalist for two newspapers, the Sudkurier/Singen and the Tagesspiegel/Berlin. She has published her prose in various magazines in Germany, including Kabeljau, the magazine of the Literaturinstitut where she received her Diploma in Prose and Poetry.

Kobow has also written prose for a radio production. She has received prizes including the Leipziger Literaturstipendium (Leipzig literary fellowship) and an award from the Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Her participation in the IWP is supported by a grant from Joan E. Vander Naaled Egenes and by the German government.

Tyrell is a second-year graduate student in the Writers' Workshop.

The IWP is a unique residency program, which each fall assembles a community of established writers from all parts of the globe.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Beatrice Kobow is pronounced bay-ah-TREECE KOH-boh.)