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Release: Oct. 10, 2000

International Writing Program presents Argentine poets in reading to protect great apes

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 Bill’s 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 orangutan.

Copies of the book will be on sale at Wild Bill’s 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 <>.

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 program’s site on the World Wide Web:

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