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Release: Sept. 7, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS: International Writing Program director Christopher Merrill may be reached through <>, or by phone at 319-335-2609. The writers are living at the Iowa House, 319-335-3513.)

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Pronunciations: Logue is pronounced Lozh. Sergio Alejandro Pujols is pronounced SEHR-gee-oh Ah-leh-HAHN-droh POO-hols.)

IWP presents panel discussion on narrative styles Sept. 19

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion, "To Tell a Story, or, the Alternative Shapes of Narrative," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the large meeting room of the Iowa City Public Library. The discussion will be broadcast live on the library's cable channel and taped for re-broadcast.

Participants in the discussion will be Shashi Warrier of India, Vince Ford of New Zealand, Antonia Logue of Ireland and Sergio Alejandro Pujol of Argentina.

Pujol is a novelist, historian and musicologist who writes for Argentina's most influential newspaper, Clarin, and is concurrently associate professor of 20th-century history in the School of Journalism and Social Communication at the National University of La Plata. He is also the Buenos Aires correspondent for Jazz Notebooks magazine in Madrid and a member of the Argentine Association of Musicology. His most recent publications are: "History of Dancing: from Tango Dancing Spots to Disco," "Diescepolo: an Argentine Biography" and "Valentino in Buenos Aires: the Twenties and Show Business." His book "Jazz Down South" was honored in 1995 by the National Secretariat of Culture in Argentina.

Antonia 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. "Shadow Box" has been translated in France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands and Spain.

Vince Ford has won awards for his two novels for children: His first book, "2Much4U" received the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for best children's fiction by a previously unpublished author. He is currently working on a novel for a more adult audience. Scripting, managing and presenting video productions is Ford's current occupation, but he previously worked as a Jackaroo on a 400,000 acre Australian property.

Shashi Warrier started his career as an economist and a software specialist in the early 1980s. Warrier's writing career began in 1994 with a juvenile fiction work "The Hidden Continent" and he moved on to thrillers including "Night of the Krait," The Orphan" and "Sniper." He has also published numerous short stories on an Internet site, "Rediff on the Net." He provides regular reviews for various Indian 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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