CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 10, 2000
International Writing Program presents Argentine poets in reading to protect
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Argentine poets Teresa Arijon and Barbara Belloc of Buenos
Aires will read from their new book of poems, "Orangutans," at 7
p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Wild Bills Coffeeshop, Room 321, North Hall
on the University of Iowa campus. The free reading is sponsored by the UI
International Writing Program (IWP).
"Orangutans" was inspired by a 1996 trip to the Sepilok Orangutan
Rehabilitation Center in Malaysia, where orphaned and injured orangutans are
cared for and taught the skills needed to return to the rainforest. The poems
were translated into English by Hillary J. Gardner, a former staff member
of the IWP.
Arijon and Belloc will read selections from the poems in "Orangutans,"
published in both English and Spanish by La Rara Argentina press. The book
also features photos of their trip and an introduction to the life of the
Copies of the book will be on sale at Wild Bills for a donation of
$10. All proceeds will go to the Sepilok Orangutan Center.
Arijon was a 1995 participant in the IWP, and her trip to Malaysia came
about as a result of contacts she made at the UI with a Malaysian writer.
In addition to this work, Arijon has published five collections of poetry
and numerous translations. Belloc is the author of four collections of poetry,
and she is a contributor to Animus magazine in Buenos Aires.
For more information about the reading, contact the International Writing
Program at (319) 335-3856. Learn more about the project and the reading on
the World Wide Web at <http://www.geocities.com/rentapoet/oranginvite.html>.
A unique residency program, the IWP brings established writers of the world
to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus.
Founded in 1967, the program has played host to nearly a thousand writers
from 115 countries.
This year, under new director Christopher Merrill, the IWP is hosting 18
writers from 15 countries. To learn more about the IWP, visit the programs
site on the World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp
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