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Release: Oct. 4, 2001

IWP participants Antonia Logue and Ben Rice will read in Prairie Lights Oct. 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writers Antonia Logue from Ireland and Ben Rice from Great Britain will present a free reading at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910.

Logue is the author of "Shadow Box", which won the Irish Times Literature prize for Irish Fiction, and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn-Rhys Award for Fiction and the Hawthornden Prize. She received her master's degree in English literature from Trinity College in Dublin in 1997. "Shadow Box" has been translated in France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands and Spain. The London Observer included Logue in its list of 21 writers for the 21st Century.

Rice is the 2001 recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award. His first book, the novella "Poppy and Dingan," was very well received and is published in the United States by Knopf, with rights sold in 20 countries around the world. His travels -- through Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the Mediterranean -- also include a year in Maine as a child, when his father was an exchange professor. At 18 he taught English as a second language for a half year in the Czech Republic. He holds the master's degree with distinction from the University of East Anglia, his country's most competitive creative writing program.

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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