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Release: Aug. 20, 1999
Iowa Review reading will feature writers
from the International Writing Program Aug. 27
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Review, the literary journal
of the University of Iowa, will present a reading of works by former participants
in the UI International Writing Program (IWP) at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 in
Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
The reading will be free and open to the public, and it
will be broadcast on "Live from Prairie Lights" originating on UI radio station
WSUI, AM 910.
Readers will include David Hamilton, UI professor of English
and editor of the Iowa Review, and Marvin Bell, Flannery OConnor Professor
of Letters in the UI Iowa Writers Workshop. Works will be read by former
IWP participants who have been published in previous issues of the Iowa Review.
These authors include Ai Qing from China, an IWP participant in 1980; Amos
Tutuola from Nigeria, an IWP participant in 1983; Elsa Cross from Mexico,
an IWP participant in 1981; and Julio Cesar Monteiro Martins from Brazil,
an IWP participant in 1979.
The Iowa Review has traditionally begun the academic year
with a reading at Prairie Lights, Hamilton said. "This year, rather than
featuring our new issue, I thought wed highlight the IWP," he explained.
"My private motto for the review has always been local but not
provincial, and the IWP has enormously helped create that quality.
"Then, too, in todays political climate, when
the U.S. seems to lead the way in everything and we can be beguiled into believing
that we have all the answers, it seems to me more important than ever to listen
to others, and not to turn our backs on the world and just consider and reconsider
ourselves. The IWP may not be necessary for this, but it helps."
The Iowa Review, which comes out three times a year, publishes
fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, interviews, and autobiographical sketches.
In its 27th year of continuous publication, the journal pursues the mission
of "nudging along American literature." More than 400 unsolicited
manuscripts arrive each week through most of the year, from all over the country
and from abroad, from which editors select the greater part of the reviews
contents. There are no set guidelines as to content or length, but editors
look for what they consider to be the best writing available.
Hamilton has edited the Iowa Review since the fall of
1977. In addition to serving on the UI faculty, Hamilton has taught in Missouri,
Virginia, Colombia, Michigan, and Spain and has had writings scattered through
a fair variety of magazines, including the Michigan Quarterly Review, Creative
Nonfiction, River Oak Review, the American Voice, 100 Words and Verse.
Bell is the author of "Ardor," "The Book
of the Dead Man," "Iris of Creation," "A Probable Volume
of Dreams" and other volumes of poetry. His work has appeared in the
New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Antaeus and many other periodicals
and literary journals. Among other honors, he has held senior Fulbright appointments
in Australia and Yugoslavia, and he has been the recipient of National Endowment
for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. He has received the American Academy
of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.