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Release: Nov. 10, 1999

IWP poets will read with Writers' Workshop students Nov. 14

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Romanian poet Ramona Ciupag and Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku, writers in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will be joined by students in the Iowa Writers' Workshop for a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City.

Ciupag and Lleshanaku, who are in residence at the IWP through early December with the support of the Artslink, will share the reading with Writers' Workshop fiction writers Darrach Dolan and Mitch Cohen. Dolan was born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College before moving to New York several years ago, so his participation gives the reading an additional international quality.

Ciupag, who teaches philosophy, logic, economics, psychology and civic education at the
R. Cernauti High School in Iasi, Romania, has written poetry and essays for the literary magazine Outopos, and she has a volume of poems, "Tight Fists," ready for publication. She also created a documentary, "Thresholds," which has been broadcast on Romania National Television.

Lleshanaku is the author of four poetry collections, including "Gysemkubizem," which won the 1996 book of the year award from the Eurprolindja Publishing House. Her American translator, Henri Israeli, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. In addition to his translations that have appeared in American literary journals, Lleshanaku's work has been published in Germany, Austria and France. Her poems have been anthologized in Modern Poetry in Translation and Mediterraneo, an Italian-Albanian anthology. She has worked for Drita, her country's oldest and largest cultural magazine, and she is now employed by the daily newspaper Rilindja.

The poets are the eighth and ninth writers hosted by the IWP this fall. While they are at the UI, Ciupag and Lleshanaku will attend readings and other cultural events, observe poetry classes in the Writers' Workshop, work with translators in the UI Translation Workshop, and meet with UI faculty and students in several departments.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Ciupag is pronounced tsee-YOO-pahg. Luljeta Lleshanaku is pronounced lool-YET-ah lesh-ah-NAH-koo. Darrach is pronounced DAH-rah.)