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Release: Sept. 13, 2001
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or by phone at 319-335-2609. The writers are living at the Iowa House, 319-335-3513.)
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Pronunciations: Marek is pronounced
MAH-reck; Sosnicki is pronounced sos-NIZ-ski; Tran is pronounced Trahn; Sitok
Srengenge is pronounced SEE-tok srenn-GENN-jhay.)
IWP presents panel on nature poetry in urban world
The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP)
will present a free panel discussion, "Nature Poetry in an Urban World."
at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the large meeting room of the Iowa City Public
Library. The discussion will be broadcast live on the librarys cable
channel and taped for re-broadcast.
Participants in the discussion will be Polish poets Marek
Zaleski and Dariusz Sosnicki, Viet Huu Tran from Vietnam, and Sitok Srengenge
Sitok Srengenge is program coordinator for the Utan Kayu
Community in West Java; and he is also a lecturer at the Jakarta Arts Institute,
a literature teacher for Eksotika Karmawiggangga and editor of the Kalam Cultural
Journal. His work has appeared in "2001: Secrets Need Words" (ed.
Harry Aveling, to be published by the Ohio University Press); the "Nonsense
Poetry" anthology, and various poetry and short fiction anthologies in
Indonesia. Last year Srengenge was cited as one of his countrys leaders
in society in culture by Asiaweek magazine.
Viet Huu Tran writes poetry exploring the sensibility
of post-1975 Vietnamese youth and their complex attitudes toward contemporary
Vietnam in transition. He has received a number of awards for his careers
in poetry and in journalism. He is editor of the Sunday literary and arts
supplement of the Tien Phong newspaper, and also writes for other leading
journals directed toward youth. He also works as a literary translator. A
miscellany including his critical work is being published early next year.
Dariusz Sosnicki is an editor at Empiz Publishers. He
has received several prestigious literary awards -- his first poetry collection
was honored as the "Best Debut" book of 1994. Sosnickis second
collection is described as "a weather-and-soul report," and he is
regarded as a representative voice of his generation. His poetry and literary
criticism are well anthologized: They are translated in Czech, English and
Slovenian and have appeared in the Chicago Review issue on New Polish Writing
and other journals.
Marek Zaleski is deputy editor-in-chief of the monthly
Res Publica Nowa in Warsaw and a researcher for the Institute for Literary
Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 1982
he has published numerous articles in Polish dailies,
magazines and periodicals. He is the author of several books of literary history
and criticism, including "The Second Avant-Garde Adventure," "Woe
or Wit?" and "Forms of Memory." His scholarship specializes
in the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz.
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.
To learn more about the IWP, visit <http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp>
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