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Release: Sept. 7, 2000


ARGENTINIAN AUTHOR REJTMAN READS SEPT. 10 -- Martin Rejtman, a participant in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will read from his fiction at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Rejtman, from Argentina, is also a screenwriter and film director. He wrote and directed the film "Silvia Prieto," which was entered in the Sundance Festival in 1999, as well as in festivals in Berlin, San Francisco and Munich. It has just been released commercially in Argentina.

His other feature length film, "Rapado," was entered in film festivals in Rotterdam, Havana, and Locarno.

His works of fiction include "Velcro y Yo" (Velcro and I, 1996), "Rapado" (1992), and "A Book About Kuitca: Thirty-Four Short Stories" (1993). He is taking part in the IWP through a grant from the U.S. Department of State.

Joyelle McSweeney, a poet in the UI Writers’ Workshop, will also be reading from her work.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together the writers of the world. Founded in 1967 by Paul and Hualing Engle, the IWP was the first international writers’ residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature.

The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

This year, the IWP, under new director Christopher Merrill, is hosting 20 writers from 17 countries.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series’ web page at To learn more about the IWP, visit the program’s site on the World Wide Web: