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Release: Oct. 3, 2001

IWP writers from Togo, Russia to read Oct. 14 at Prairie Lights

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writers Victor Aladji from Togo and Andrey S. Bychkov from Russia, participants this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will be featured in a free reading at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Poet Nathan Hoks, a graduate student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will also read.

Aladji is assistant professor of the sociology of communications in the department of philosophy at the University of Lome, and director and publisher of Editions Haho. Aladji was formerly head of the publication section of Togo's Ministry of Information and was a journalist at Radio-Lome. His publications include "La Voix de l'Ombre" (1985) and "La Mediation des Conseils de Presse et Organismes Similaires dans l'Afrique en Transition: Annales de l'Université du Benin" (1998).

Bychkov is the author of "Lovets" (2000), which was short-listed for the prestigious Russian "Anti-Booker" Prize. He received the Eisenstein Prize in German in 1994, and his short stories have appeared in his country's most distinguished journals.

Thirty writers representing 24 countries are now in residence at the IWP through Nov. 20. The IWP was the first international writers residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

Like most IWP residency groups, the 2001 community is a mix of poets, fiction writers, screenwriters, playwrights, journalists, essayists and critics. Many of the IWP writers will travel from Iowa City to present lectures, symposia and readings at other campuses in Iowa and throughout the country, and to visit places of cultural or historical interest.

The IWP is staffed and housed by the University of Iowa. IWP writers have been financed by the United States State Department, through bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals.

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