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Release: Oct. 18, 2001

IWP writers from Italy, Indonesia and India will read Oct. 28 in Prairie Lights

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fiction writer Rocco Carbone from Italy and poets Medijanti Loekito from Indonesia and Joy Goswami from India, 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. 28 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Fiction writer Joshua Miller, a graduate student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will also read.

Carbone is a literary critic and cultural commentator for Rome's Il Messagero and Naples' Il Mattino, and L'Unita. Carbone's novels include "Agosto" (1993), "Il Commando" (1996) and "L'Assedio" (The Siege), (1998). "The Apparition" will be published this year.

Loekito is executive secretary of the Shimizu Corporation and previously worked as inbound tour administrator for Setia Tours and Travel. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and in many Indonesian journals.

Goswami writes in Bengali, and (since his debut with the collection "Christmas and a Bunch of Winter Sonnets" at 23), he has written more than 800 poems that have been compiled in 17 books. His other writing includes eight novels and a collection of essays on modern poetry in India. He has twice received the Ananda Purashkar literary award -- for his 1990 poetry collection "Leaves of Fire, Are You Sleeping?" and his novel written in verse, "Those Who Were Wet By the Rain."

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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