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Release: Sept. 25, 2001
New Zealand IWP writer Vince Ford will read Oct. 6 in Prairie Lights
IOWA CITY, Iowa --New Zealand fiction writer Vince Ford, a participant this
fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will be
featured in a free reading at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Prairie Lights
bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
Some 30 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.
Ford has won two awards for his two novels for children, and he is now at
work on a novel for adult readers. His first book, "2Much4U" received
the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for best children's fiction by a previously
unpublished author. His second book is the sports novel, "It's a Try."
Scripting, managing and presenting video productions is Ford's current occupation,
but he has also worked as a Jackaroo on a 400,000 acre Australian ranch. More
information about Ford and his work can be found at http://www.vuw.ac.nz/nzbookcouncil/writers/fordvince.htm.
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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