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Release: Sept. 28, 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.)

IWP presents panel on 'The Writer as Translator,' Oct. 10 in Iowa City library

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion, "The Writer As Translator," at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 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 Andrey Bychkov from Russia, Marius Burokas from Lithuania, Medy Loekito from Indonesia, Sitok Srengenge from Indonesia and Victor Aladji from Togo.

Aladji is assistant professor of the sociology of communications in the department of philosophy at the University of Lome, and director and publisher of Editions Haho. Aladji was formerly head of the publication section of Togo's Ministry of Information and was a journalist at Radio-Lome. His publications include "La Voix de l'Ombre" (1985) and "La Mediation des Conseils de Presse et Organismes Similaires dans l'Afrique en Transition: Annales de l'Université du Benin" (1998).

Srengenge, a poet born in Central Java, 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," the "Nonsense Poetry" anthology, and various poetry and short fiction anthologies in Indonesia. Last year Srengenge was cited as one of his country's leaders in society in culture by Asiaweek magazine.

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.

Borokas is a project manager and editor in Lithuania's largest public relations company, Viesuju Ryiu Partneriai; and he is concurrently completing graduate studies in Lithuanian literature at Vilnius University. He is the author of the poetry collection "Ideograms" (1999); and his poems have appeared in various Lithuanian, Finnish and Russian journals. A second book of poems, "Planning a Murder," is forthcoming this fall.

Bychkov is the author of "Lovets" (2000), which was short-listed for the prestigious Russian "Anti-Booker" Prize. He received the Eisenstein Prize in German in 1994, and his short stories have appeared in his country's most distinguished 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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